Rev. J. Bennett Guess

J. Bennett Guess: Saying Farewell to UCC’s National Headquarters, Not Its Impactful Mission

By Rev. J. Bennett Guess | June 15, 2017
The Rev. Dr. J. Bennett Guess

After 17 years as a church bureaucrat, I’m moving on. I joined the United Church of Christ’s national offices, along with 100 new hires, in the summer of 2000. It was a time of great anticipation. “Restructure” — with a capital “R” — had just concluded after a 10-year exhaustive process, overcoming massive legal and…

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The Evolving PACE Marketplace

By Rev. J. Bennett Guess | May 15, 2017

This article is reprinted from the May 8, 2017, issue of Senior Living Z-News by Ziegler Investment Banking, a CHHSM partner. The Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (“PACE”) began with On Lok Senior Health Services in 1938 and was then subsequently authorized by Congress as a permanent Medicare provider and Medicaid state option in…

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RHF’s Laverne Joseph Honored for ‘Outstanding Service to Humanity’

By Rev. J. Bennett Guess | April 13, 2017

The Rev. Dr. Laverne Joseph, president and CEO of United Church of Christ-related Retirement Housing Foundation, is being honored for his outstanding service to humanity by Ursinus College in Collegeville, Pa. Joseph, who leads one of the nation’s largest faith-based providers of affordable housing, is the recipient of the 2017 Ursinus College Alumni Award for Service…

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CHHSM Digging More Deeply With UCC Disaster Ministries

By Rev. J. Bennett Guess | March 14, 2017

A new partnership is emerging between the United Church of Christ’s 400 health and human service organizations and UCC Disaster Ministries, in hopes of broadening the UCC’s preparedness, response and long-term recovery whenever and wherever disasters happen. In a March 3 appeal letter, UCC Disaster Ministries began asking CHHSM ministries to identify individuals within their…

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Charitable Care by UCC-Related Health Providers Jumps 18 Percent in 2016, Exceeds $857 Million

By Rev. J. Bennett Guess | January 6, 2017
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The United Church of Christ’s nearly 400 health and human service ministries provided more than $857 million in uncompensated, charitable care in 2016, an increase of nearly 18 percent in one year. The jump represents one of the largest single-year increases in decades, according to statistics collected by the UCC’s Council for Health and Human…

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Sometimes All You Have is Problems

By Rev. J. Bennett Guess | May 13, 2016
The Rev. Dr. J. Bennett Guess

If your goal is to help people become more engaged and fulfilled in a Christian community, you don’t necessarily assign them to a board or committee. Instead, you ask them where their passions lie, what gives them energy, what serves and fulfills the desires of their best selves. For some people, that’s meetings, agendas and…

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Day Two of the CHHSM Annual Gathering includes some amazing workshops from 11:30am-12:30pm ET — Emerging from the Pandemic with Michelle Just, Darlene Sowell, Rev. Donna Smith-Pupillo, and David Mullins; Historical Trauma with Niquanna Barnett; and Visioning Hope: Grounding in Your Purpose with Rev. Nicole Havelka.Our afternoon Keynote at 2:30 is from our platinum sponsor Ziegler and will discuss the “post-pandemic” era that lies ahead.And a special treat at 4 — our past Nollau Leadership Institute graduates will have a chance to meet up virtually with their classmates, reunion style! A full day of inspirational messages and a lot of fun! ... See MoreSee Less
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