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Celebrating the Return of Fellowship at General Synod

By Jamar Doyle | June 13, 2023

The past few years have been a period of immense challenge and adaptation for all of us. As we navigated the uncharted waters of a world grappling with a global health crisis, we learned to lean on the strength of our faith and the power of our interconnectedness, even when we couldn’t physically be together.…

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Celebrating 100 Years of Making Good Trouble

By Jamar Doyle | May 13, 2023

Earlier this month I had the pleasure of being in Biloxi, Miss., to attend the “Making Good Trouble” conference to mark the 100-year anniversary of the Back Bay Mission. From Thursday, May 4 through Sunday, May 7, people from across the Gulf and around the country gathered for the four-day celebration, which was filled with…

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“We Have an Orphan”

By Jamar Doyle | April 16, 2023

“We Have an Orphan” – Edward Nollau  As I write this month’s column, my heart is still filled with joy from Easter celebrations this year. Just last week a friend and I were in the office reflecting on how good it was to see church pews filled with families after several years of muted and…

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Show Up

By Jamar Doyle | March 20, 2023

Life is full of surprises, if you show up every day. – LeVar Burton In the fall of 2019, I was listening to the “Sound of Ideas,” a local program on Cleveland’s NPR station. On this day award-winning actor, director, television host, and philanthropist LeVar Burton was in the studio sharing words of wisdom gleaned…

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I’m Sick of It

By Jamar Doyle | February 13, 2023

As I watched President Biden’s State of the Union last week, there was a point where the camera panned up to the gallery and focused in on Rodney Wells and RowVaughn Wells, the parents of Tyre Nichols. And as the President began to address the murder of Tyre Nichols, all those gathered in the chamber…

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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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