Jamar Doyle

Together through Mountains and Valleys

By Jamar Doyle | January 13, 2023

Every valley shall be lifted up,and every mountain and hill be made low. . . .Then the glory of our God shall be revealed,and all people shall see it together.– Isaiah 40:4-5 As we prepare for CHHSM’s 85th Annual Gathering in Denver this March, our theme, “Together through Mountains and Valleys,” invites us to reflect on…

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Year in Review

By Jamar Doyle | December 14, 2022

As 2022 comes to a close, I cannot believe that I have now been a part of the CHHSM family for almost a year. My, how time flies! To me, it seems like yesterday that I nervously stood in front of those gathered at the CHHSM Annual Gathering to hear my inaugural welcome address. That…

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Centering Gratitude this Thanksgiving

By Jamar Doyle | November 11, 2022

It’s hard to believe that the holiday season is here, and Thanksgiving is just over a week away. Many folks are already preparing for their Thanksgiving meals, eager to resume family traditions put on hold over the past two years. In this season of family gatherings, I was recently asked to reflect on “What does…

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What Will You Sacrifice to Achieve Your Goals?

By Jamar Doyle | October 14, 2022
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One of the benefits of being new to this position is the opportunity to meet the inspiring people at our CHHSM agencies and partners, and at the United Church of Christ. In one of these recent meetings, a new mentor and friend shared with me an observation that has rattled in my brain ever since.…

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Labor Day Reflection

By Jamar Doyle | September 13, 2022

Earlier this month we all celebrated Labor Day, the unofficial end to summer. Many gathered in parks, beaches, and backyards with family and friends to enjoy a last cookout of the season amid the cooling summer air. Usually, for me and my husband, this means frantically grilling, cooking, and cleaning as we prepare to host…

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When it’s not Safe to be You

By Jamar Doyle | August 11, 2022
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Earlier this month, I gathered with new friends in Denver for the Interfaith Roundtable, a gathering of leaders from different faith traditions that are united by the work of their member organizations in the health and human service fields. Jewish Family Services of Colorado graciously hosted us at its offices, and during a discussion with…

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Enough is Enough

By Jamar Doyle | July 13, 2022

As I pen this article, I am watching news coverage of the funeral for Jayland Walker, yet another Black life ended at the hands of law enforcement. Once again, a family must mourn a tragic loss, and Black and Brown people are again reminded that they are guilty until proven innocent. Oh wait, Jayland Walker…

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Connections

By Jamar Doyle | June 14, 2022
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Recently I was at my cousin’s house for a visit. He’d been doing a fantastic job of restoring our grandparent’s home and he invited me over. I nearly declined because I was tired from work and just wanted to go home. But something told me to stop by anyway, and I’m glad I did. Once…

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‘Let the Service Begin’

By Jamar Doyle | May 12, 2022
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As I have continued my outreach to the CHHSM community, I’ve met so many wonderful people, sharing in many thought-provoking conversations that have left me with new ideas and perspectives on work, service, and faith. One such conversation was with the leadership of First Church UCC in Phoenix. During our conversation, the Rev. Susan Valiquette,…

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Stronger Together

By Jamar Doyle | April 14, 2022
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My first month or so as president and CEO of CHHSM has been quite a ride, filled with meeting new friends, learning new systems, and understanding the deep impact the members of CHHSM are making in each of their communities. Understanding that relationships are the foundation upon which our work is built, I have spent…

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