From the President

Never Forget that You are Amazing

By Michael Readinger | August 16, 2019

An open pastoral letter to those seeking employment, to those seeking degrees, to those in discernment mode, to those seeking a path to fulfill their vocation and call and to anyone else looking to make a change in their lives: Never forget that you are amazing!  Let me tell you why . . . In…

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Beyond Cowardice

By Michael Readinger | July 12, 2019

Earlier this month, the Rev. Kenneth Samuel’s UCC Daily Devotion titled “Beyond Bravery” was published. The scripture verse from Matthew 10 is one I am familiar with and have heard in church and as the subject of more than one sermon. “I am sending you out like sheep among wolves. You will be handed over…

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Be A Voice

By Michael Readinger | June 15, 2019

With each new class of the Nollau Leadership Institute, we focus on empowering members of the class to “Be A Voice” — for their vocation and call, for their ministry setting, for their family, for their friends, and for those they serve. They gain the skills and confidence necessary to do this by writing and…

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Plans to Action

By Guest Contributor | June 15, 2019

By David Waltemeyer, Chair, CHHSM Board It says in James 1 to be doers of the word and not hearers only. Conversely, when questioned by the religious leaders of his day, Jesus himself replied that the two greatest commandments, if followed, would fulfill all the commandments: we are to love God and we are to…

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Serving Leadership

By Michael Readinger | May 14, 2019

In our work with the Nollau Leadership Institute we focus on the tenets of the CHHSM value proposition: Bold Vision, Shared Values and Inspired Leaders. It is done in a subtle way as we use the curriculum in the three retreats to help shape the current and future leaders of our member ministries. This year’s…

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Three Great Loves

By Michael Readinger | April 12, 2019

If you are wondering about the name of this column, I assure you that it is intentional. Yes, we have been talking about the 3 Great Loves for more than two years now. And, I am happy to say, the United Church of Christ has committed to continuing with this initiative for the next biennium!…

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Together

By Barb Powell | March 12, 2019

The theme of last week’s CHHSM Annual Gathering in Chicago was “Toward Tomorrow — Together We Learn, Together We Flourish.” And, that is exactly what happened. Like everything in life, the time you spend in community is shaped by your own reality. At the CHHSM Annual Gathering, you get out of it what you put…

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You are Welcome to Participate

By Michael Readinger | February 11, 2019
Michael J. Readinger

Save the Date. Please RSVP. Register Now. Please join us. Deadline approaching. Hope to see you soon. These are just a few of the things we say to let you know that you are welcome to participate. And, no matter who you are or where you are on life’s journey, you are welcome here. And…

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Auld Lang Syne

By Barb Powell | January 11, 2019
Michael J. Readinger

I was thinking about Auld Lang Syne, so I read all the lyrics for the first time in my life. While there are a few parts of the song that are more celebratory than nostalgic, I really feel connected to the parts about being present with each other in the past. The song makes me…

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Year-End Reflection

By Michael Readinger | December 14, 2018
Michael J. Readinger

As 2018 draws to a close, I am ruminating on the year that has passed and what it tells me about the year ahead. Much like Advent, this is a time of waiting and watching for the CHHSM Board and Staff.  And, of course, for our member ministries as well! The month of December began…

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