From the President

Connections

By Jamar Doyle | June 14, 2022
Jamar Doyle

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
Jamar Doyle

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
Jamar Doyle

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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Season of Renewal

By Jamar Doyle | March 17, 2022
Jamar Doyle

I am honored to write my first entry as president and CEO of the Council for Health and Human Service Ministries during this season of Lent, a special time of year when we pause to remember the life, death and resurrection of our Savior. Our Savior’s resurrection reminds us all to be reborn, to embrace…

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The Last Dance

By Michael Readinger | February 14, 2022

As I began writing this piece, it occurred to me that this will probably be my last column as CHHSM’s President and CEO. The Donna Summer classic, “Last Dance,” immediately came to my mind (you all know what a scary place my mind can be at times!) so I decided that would be a good…

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There is no ‘I’ in the Word ‘Team’

By Michael Readinger | January 12, 2022

As the New Year unfolded, I had the pleasure of working with the CHHSM Staff Team on the annual review process. Some organizations find this to be a tedious and painful task. Here at CHHSM, we view this as an opportunity to recall our collective successes and shared challenges. We allow Team members to reflect…

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Race, Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, Belonging, and Justice!

By Michael Readinger | December 13, 2021

As you may be aware by now, CHHSM has made some significant progress in its efforts toward dismantling racism and white supremacy systems in the last year. Our Race, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (RDEI) work has just begun and will be a long-term, lifelong commitment that will require changing the way people, organizations and systems…

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Great to SEE You Again!

By Michael Readinger | November 11, 2021

Happy Veteran’s Day! As I write this column, I am remembering those who have served in our nation‘s military. Our safety and liberty are things we should not take for granted, and we owe a debt of gratitude to all of those who worked to secure the liberties we enjoy. I am traveling today (and…

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The Second Mountain

By Michael Readinger | October 14, 2021

In my September column, I wrote about the way I would approach the “one more times” in my career as I get closer to the final day in my role as president and CEO of CHHSM. I promised to be authentic and connected, inquisitive and introspective, and celebratory in honor of all I will meet…

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One Last Time

By Michael Readinger | September 13, 2021

As I ruminate on the approach of that day when I leave my role here at CHHSM, I am struck by the reality that almost everything I do in this role may be happening for the final time in my career! The UCC General Synod in July, my gatherings with my peers at the Interfaith…

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