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UCC Fellow Essence Ellis Plays Key Role in New Reproductive Justice Toolkits to be Released Next Month

By Barb Powell | May 12, 2022

Part of UCC Fellow Essence Ellis’ work includes participation in the UCC Justice and Local Church Ministries (JLCM) Washington office’s Reproductive Justice Working Group. And her main focus in that group has been helping to develop a set of state-specific toolkits, which are slated to be released next month on the heels of the Supreme…

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CHHSM’s Rev. Jerry Paul Scholar Program for Seminarians is Accepting Applications for 2022-2023 School Year

By Barb Powell | May 12, 2022

The UCC Council for Health and Human Service Ministries has opened applications for the 2022-2023 Rev. Jerry Paul Scholar. The CHHSM Scholar program is open to seminary students interested in learning more about ministry in faith-based health and human service nonprofit organizations. The program is tailored to the individual seminarian, and runs during each school…

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Harm Reduction Curriculum Pilot Program Offers New Path for Overcoming Drug Overdose Epidemic

By Barb Powell | May 11, 2022

A new curriculum pilot program currently underway in the UCC’s Heartland Conference holds the promise of increased harm reduction and overdose prevention. It’s the first undertaking of the conference’s Heartland Harm Reduction and Overdose Prevention Network, of which the Rev. Dr. Elyse Berry, CHHSM’s associate for advocacy and leadership development, is a part. In one…

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Music Therapist at St. John’s Community Care Brings Increased Vitality to Adults with Memory Disorders

By Barb Powell | May 10, 2022

For years, St. John’s Community Care, based in Collinsville, Ill., has integrated music into its programs for people with Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, and other cognitive disorders. But having a professional music therapist was always beyond its budget capacity. So when a donor asked Nancy Berry, executive director, what program St John’s couldn’t offer due to…

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Stay Connected

By Rev. Elyse Berry, DMin | May 10, 2022

“Mommy, why did God make the world?” my five-year-old daughter asked one morning. “What a great question! Do you have any ideas?” “I think God made the world to stay connected,” she stated plainly with a smile on her face. I nearly fell over in awe. I’d also like to note that she said this…

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Webinar to Explore Pharmacy Services for CHHSM Members

By Barb Powell | May 10, 2022

The next free webinar in a CHHSM series geared to assist its member agencies takes place Tuesday, May 24, at 2 p.m. ET. The one-hour webinar will focus on pharmacy services and best practices, and is sponsored by Care Purchasing Services (CPS), the group purchasing agent behind the CHHSM Store. Two major topic areas will…

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Orion Family Services’ DEI Workshop Well-Received During CHHSM Annual Gathering

By CHHSM Staff | May 9, 2022

Orion Family Services, based in Madison, Wis., played an active role during this year’s Annual Gathering, held in Louisville, Ky., in March. Two Orion staffers — Niquanna Barnett, community integrated services supervisor and in-home therapist, and Executive Director and CEO Stacey Parke — presented a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) workshop on everything the Orion Inclusivity,…

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Four United Church Homes Communities Receive Top Honors

By CHHSM-Member Ministry Contribution | May 4, 2022

This article, by Catherine West, originally appeared in the United Church News news feed. It is reprinted here with permission. Four United Church Homes (UCH) communities recently were voted “Best of the Best in the 2021 Readers’ Choice contests sponsored by local media groups. The awards covered numerous categories. Two Marietta, Ohio, UCH communities were readers’…

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Hospice Volunteers at Cedar Community Provide Emotional Support During End-of-Life Jouneys

By CHHSM-Member Ministry Contribution | May 4, 2022

By Carrie Sturn, Cedar Community’s marketing director. Reprinted with permission from the Spring 2022 Live More magazine of Cedar Community. Hospice is not a place. Hospice is the care and compassion a specialized team offers to support patients and families during their final journey. At Cedar Community, based in West Bend, Wis., the hospice team…

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St. John’s Community Care Appoints New Executive Director

By CHHSM-Member Ministry Contribution | April 19, 2022

St. John’s Community Care has announced that Christine Stewart is the organization’s new executive director. An experienced leader, Stewart assumes her new duties May 2, 2022. She succeeds Nancy Berry who, after 34 years as executive director, retires May 31. Christine comes to St. John’s from Alberta, Canada, where she led the Canadian Mental Health…

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