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Ministries Respond to Mental Health Challenge

By CHHSM Staff | July 13, 2015

It might seem like another activity on Horizon House’s calendar — a discussion about depression, hosted by two geriatric psychiatrists. But for resident Bob Fitzgerald, the forum reinforced the importance of looking after himself and his neighbors. Diagnosed with lymphoma in 2006, Fitzgerald remembers battling bouts of nervousness and isolation during the treatment. And while…

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Powell To Join CHHSM Team

By CHHSM Staff | June 15, 2015

In January, the Rev. Loey Powell assumed the role of executive associate in Justice and Witness Ministries and has been coordinating special projects until the position is scheduled for elimination July 15, 2015. CHHSM is pleased to announce that Loey has accepted a contracted position as executive associate to the president and CEO of CHHSM.…

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New Nollau Class Hosts First Retreat

By CHHSM Staff | June 11, 2015

Abby Drane faced a challenging transition when she became president and CEO of Uspiritus last September. Before joining the Louisville, Kentucky-based nonprofit that serves at-risk children, Drane spent more than 25 years as an executive leader and financial officer for several large health care corporations. “I was chief financial officer for multimillion-dollar companies, and now…

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Paul Leaves Legacy as Servant Leader

By CHHSM Staff | June 10, 2015

Led by the Rev. Dr. Jerry Paul, the Deaconess Foundation was one of the first organizations to support Back Bay Mission when it was destroyed by Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Although the St. Louis organization primarily assists children, Paul knew that the Biloxi, Mississippi-based CHHSM ministry, which serves the homeless, needed assistance to rebuild. “Our…

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CHHSM is Now Open and Affirming

By CHHSM Staff | June 9, 2015

The Council for Health and Human Service Ministries (CHHSM) Board of Directors voted unanimously on June 9, 2015, to become an open and affirming organization of the United Church of Christ. At the 2015 CHHSM Annual Meeting, CHHSM President and CEO Michael Readinger shared his goal to take the step to officially designate as open…

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RHF Encourages CHHSM Members to Partner For Disaster Relief

By CHHSM-Member Ministry Contribution | May 14, 2015

Contributed by Retirement Housing Foundation. On April 25, a 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck Nepal causing significant damage and destruction in Kathmandu and surrounding areas. That earthquake, the worst to hit Nepal in over 80 years, also triggered a deadly avalanche on Mount Everest. Over the last few weeks, Nepal has had several strong aftershocks, the…

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Find out how Deaconess Foundation is serving young people through its youth advocacy efforts

By CHHSM Staff | May 12, 2015

When Karissa Anderson takes her place at a podium to speak in Jefferson City, Missouri, she faces a challenge. The young policy intern is trying to convince education leaders and legislators who are two and three times her age to create more open access to higher education. Anderson, who is wrapping up her master’s degree…

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ONA Covenant Strengthens Communities

By CHHSM Staff | May 12, 2015

John Rainey and Gene Finnegan didn’t worry about discrimination based on their sexual orientation when they moved to Parkvue Community in 1999. “We didn’t specifically mention our sexual orientation when we joined, but it was clear that we were accepted by everyone,” says Finnegan, a resident at the United Church Homes retirement community and CHHSM…

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CHHSM Members Eligible for Continuing Education Grants

By CHHSM Staff | April 14, 2015

CHHSM members are now eligible for continuing education (CE) grants from the Brown Endowment Fund for Pastoral Scholarships. Any UCC-related institution may now apply for a grant to help offset the cost of hosting a CE event. CHHSM members can apply for a grant from the Brown Endowment Fund for Pastoral Scholarships if the proposed…

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CHHSM Begins Open and Affirming Designation Process

By CHHSM Staff | April 13, 2015

Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people will find greater acceptance in faith-based organizations if CHHSM’s board of directors adopts an Open and Affirming covenant this summer. Open and Affirming (ONA) ministries invite people of all sexual orientations into the church. The program, established by the United Church of Christ General Synod in 1985, now…

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