Grounded in Faith, Transformed by Hope, Worship Preachers Goodwin and Delk Provide Context for CHHSM’s 83rd Annual Gathering

By Barb Powell | March 11, 2021

One of the highlights of the UCC Council for Health and Human Service Ministries’ 83rd Annual Gathering, robustly held virtually March 2-4, 2021, was worship. The opening and closing services — featuring the Rev. Darrell Goodwin and the Rev. Dr. Yvonne Delk — not only lifted up the Annual Gathering’s theme, Together in Hope, but…

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UCC General Synod to Feature Leaders of Sojourners and ‘Revolutionary Love’ Movement as Keynoters

By Guest Contributor | March 11, 2021

By Hans Holznagel. Reprinted with permission from UCC News. Two leaders at the crossroads of faith and justice will keynote the 2021 national meeting of the United Church of Christ. Valarie Kaur — who draws on her Sikh faith and culture as a filmmaker, civil rights lawyer and activist — leads the Revolutionary Love Project,…

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Embrace Living Communities Launches New Property Services to Support Other Affordable Housing Providers

By CHHSM-Member Ministry Contribution | March 9, 2021

Embrace Living Communities, based in Oak Brook, Ill., has expanded to further recognize their leadership and growth in property management services. Called Embrace Living Property Solutions, it is encapsulated by three core services: management, consulting and social service coordination. These services will provide clear opportunities for affordable housing owners to operate their properties at the…

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Retirement Housing Foundation pledges to double winter storm relief donations

By Guest Contributor | March 9, 2021

By Connie Larkman, news director for the United Church of Christ. Reprinted with permission from UCC News. One of the country’s largest nonprofit housing providers is answering the United Church of Christ’s call for disaster relief in a big way. Retirement Housing Foundation — a member of the UCC’s Council for Health and Human Service Ministries…

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Mobile Dental Program Helps Create Smiles for Patients

By CHHSM-Member Ministry Contribution | March 9, 2021

By Tami Hughes, Advocate Aurora Health Public Affairs. Reprinted with permission. Julia Ordonez has gone without teeth for 20 years. She is 79 years old and didn’t have regular dental insurance. She thought there was nothing that could be done. “I went to three different dentists and they all said my mouth was bad. They…

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Inspiring Preachers, Speakers to Highlight CHHSM Annual Gathering

By Barb Powell | February 12, 2021

The 83rd CHHSM Annual Gathering, themed “Together in Hope,” takes place online March 2-4 with a docket of keynote speakers and worship leaders guaranteed to inspire and captivate attendees. Preachers include the Rev. Darrell Goodwin, executive conference minister of the UCC’s Southern New England Conference, and the Rev. Dr. Yvonne Delk — teacher, educator, preacher,…

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CHHSM Creates Fact-Based Information Campaign to Support Members’ COVID-19 Vaccine Rollout Programs

By Barb Powell | February 11, 2021

In order to support CHHSM members’ efforts to help their employees and residents understand the risks and rewards of the COVID-19 vaccines, the UCC’s Council for Health and Human Service Ministries has launched a “Myth vs. Facts” campaign. Created by the Rev. Elyse Berry, D.Min., CHHSM’s associate for advocacy and leadership development, the campaign aims…

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Advocate Aurora Health Begins New Year by Raising its Minimum Wage to $15 an Hour

By Barb Powell | February 9, 2021

UCC-related Advocate Aurora Health, whose health system stretches from northeast Wisconsin to south Chicagoland, has announced that as of Jan. 3, 2021, it increased its minimum wage to $15 an hour. The increase was the culmination of a three-year plan to establish equitable, market-competitive wages for all employees. Advocate Aurora’s Chief Executive Officer Jim Skogsbergh…

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Margaret Schultz, First Woman to Serve as Administrator of Emmaus Homes, Dies at 88

By CHHSM-Member Ministry Contribution | February 9, 2021

Margaret M. Schultz, 88, the first woman to serve as administrator of Emmaus Homes, died Thursday, Dec. 10, 2020, at Cedarcrest Manor, Washington, Mo. Born Dec. 7, 1932, in Charlotte, Mo., Schultz was the daughter of the late George and Mathilda Louisa (nee Rohlfing). Shauna O’Toole, director of development at Emmaus, wrote the following article,…

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First Webinar in UCC ‘State of the Matter’ Series Features Starsky Wilson

By Guest Contributor | February 4, 2021

This story is reprinted with permission from United Church of Christ News. By Hans Holznagel In the United States, it’s State of the Union season. And in the United Church of Christ, it’s something similar. A new webinar series — on the state of issues that matter — kicked off Jan. 26 on Zoom and…

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