Contribute to CHHSM’s Legacy Fund on Giving Tuesday and Help Cultivate Current and Future Church and Community Leaders

Friends and members of the UCC Council for Health and Human Service Ministries (CHHSM) have a unique opportunity Tuesday, Nov. 29, as the world celebrates the power of generosity on Giving Tuesday. Contributions to CHHSM’s Legacy Fund on Giving Tuesday — and the other 364 days of the year — help support leadership formation through a variety of CHHSM programs, including the Nollau Leadership Institute, Nollau To You Seminars, and the Rev. Jerry Paul Scholar Program.

“Giving Tuesday is the annual celebration in which the whole world comes together to give back in a variety of ways — through monetary support, gifts of time or talent, acts of kindness and more,” said Jamar Doyle, president and CEO of CHHSM. “By generously supporting CHHSM’s Legacy Fund on Giving Tuesday, you will be helping the countless people of faith guided by CHHSM to better serve their local communities. We so appreciate your gifts.”

Giving Tuesday began in 2012 with the simple idea of creating a day that encourages people to “do good.” Over the past 10 years, it has grown into a year-round global movement that inspires hundreds of millions of people to give, collaborate, and celebrate generosity. Giving Tuesday is an annual event celebrating the power of generosity and connections in building a more just and equitable world.

“Giving Tuesday highlights CHHSM’s own commitment to the principles of RDEI-J — race, diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice,” said the Rev. George Graham, CHHSM vice president. “We thank everyone for supporting the Legacy Fund on Giving Tuesday.”

Members of the current Nollau class during a recent retreat.

Among the many ways CHHSM helps cultivate leaders is through its faith-based, year-long study program, the Nollau Leadership Institute. Grounded in the UCC’s health and human service organizations, the Institute uses in-person retreats, online interactions, and peer mentoring to help participants examine their own values and that of their organizations in order to effect positive change and growth, both personally and professionally. The program concludes each year at the CHHSM Annual Gathering, where Nollau participants display their final capstone projects and are consecrated as Diakonal Ministers during the closing worship service.

A variation on the Nollau Leadership Institute are special Nollau To You seminars. These one-day sessions are offered to UCC settings and CHHSM member organizations in order to introduce a larger number of people to the basics of faith-based leadership.

The Rev. Jerry Paul Scholars Program is an opportunity for seminary students interested in learning more about ministry in faith-based health and human service organizations. Each CHHSM scholar engages with leaders in CHHSM member organizations, attends CHHSM board meetings and the Annual Gathering, and participates in the Nollau Leadership Institute. CHHSM staff work with the scholar to create goals, a reading list, and a year of experiences to help the scholar have a better understanding of options for ministry in health and human services. CHHSM’s current scholar is Zaria Davis.

“A gift to the Legacy Fund on Giving Tuesday not only helps support these programs,” added Graham, “but it also nurtures the gifts of countless people who then return to their local churches and communities better able to lead and contribute in meaningful ways.”

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CHHSM Board and Staff are grieved to learn of the death of our friend and colleague, Greg Watson, who died in October 2022. Greg was vice president of operations for Embrace Living Communities, based in Oak Brook, Ill.Greg was a graduate of CHHSM’s Nollau Leadership Institute, class of 2018-2019, and was consecrated as a Diakonal Minister during our 2019 Annual Gathering in Chicago. In an article about his class in June 2018 — not long after the group’s first retreat — Greg said, “The best part is not only beginning the process of clarifying your calling; but also, understanding and accepting one’s personal strength. Recognition of one’s ‘true' self enables us to serve from a place of wholeness.”Greg also served on the CHHSM Board of Directors, and was a beloved friend and colleague to many in the CHHSM family. Embrace Living stated on its website, “Greg was an outstanding servant leader for 17 years at Embrace Living Communities. He will be greatly missed.”CHHSM sends its prayers and love to Greg’s friends, family, and Embrace Living colleagues. ... See MoreSee Less
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