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Theological Reflection Keeps Minds, Spirits Alive

By CHHSM Staff | April 15, 2016

When Beatitudes Campus opened its doors for a theologian to move in this January, it also opened the doors to a new way of addressing individual needs. Dr. Harvey Cox, an American Baptist minister and acclaimed research professor at Harvard Divinity School, spent a month as the Phoenix continuing care retirement community’s first theologian-in-residence. In…

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HealthCare Chaplaincy Network Launches Spiritual Care Association

By CHHSM-Member Ministry Contribution | April 15, 2016

The HealthCare Chaplaincy Network recently announced the launch of the Spiritual Care Association, the first multidisciplinary, international professional membership association for spiritual care providers that establishes evidence-based quality indicators, scope of practice, and a knowledge base for spiritual care in health care. The nonprofit SCA is an affiliate of HealthCare Chaplaincy Network, a health care…

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CHHSM Members Lead Effort to Go Green

By CHHSM Staff | April 15, 2016

Three years ago, California saw some of its driest days. As lake beds sat empty, animals faced endangerment and water supply dwindled, residents at Pilgrim Place in Claremont, California, took action. “Our driving force is the commitment of residents to live more sustainably with greater environmental consciousness and lower carbon impact because of our shared…

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That We May All Be One

By Guest Contributor | April 14, 2016

By Loey Powell Since last July, I have had the honor and privilege of dipping my toe into the sacred waters known as the Council for Health and Human Service Ministries as a part-time staff person. I say “dipping my toe” because one of my realizations is just how deep and wide the waters flow…

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Phoebe Ministries Individualizes Therapy For Better Healing

By CHHSM Staff | March 16, 2016

After a bad fall left her with a broken hip, Evelyn Smith turned to Phoebe Ministries for rehabilitation. Between the pain and dementia-related challenges, it was often hard for Smith to leave her bed, let alone engage in the therapy she needed to heal. Leaders at Phoebe, a senior housing and health care provider based in…

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Advocate Health Care Named Again to 100 Top Hospitals List

By CHHSM-Member Ministry Contribution | March 15, 2016

In recognition of its performance on measures of patient safety, inpatient and outpatient quality of care, financial stability, operational efficiency and patient experience, Advocate Health Care has once again been named to the 100 Top Hospitals list by Truven Health Analytics. Two hospitals in the Advocate system – Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge,…

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Annual Meeting Focuses on Sustainability, Social Action

By CHHSM Staff | March 15, 2016

For the last six months, Beth Wade and Alice Graham have traded emails and phone calls on the challenges of sustainability when resources are scarce. Although they serve at organizations 1,500 miles apart, the two quickly found support in each other through CHHSM. So when Wade crossed paths with Graham during her first CHHSM annual…

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Back Bay Mission Builds New Affordable Housing

By CHHSM-Member Ministry Contribution | March 13, 2016

Affordable housing is a vital step for low-income families trying to work their way out of poverty. For many families in America, it’s a step that’s out of reach. A family’s housing is affordable when it costs no more than thirty percent of the family’s income. That means that for a family of three with…

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CHHSM Leaders Share Commentary with UCC

By CHHSM Staff | March 10, 2016

In-coming CHHSM Vice President Ben Guess wrote an article entitled “Foolish, Stubborn, Underfunded Christians.” CHHSM President Michael Readinger wrote an article entitled “From Social Justice to Action to Ministry” Read Ben’s full article here. Read Mike’s full article here.

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UCAN Announces Zack Schrantz as New CEO

By CHHSM-Member Ministry Contribution | February 25, 2016

After nearly 29 years of leading youth services agency UCAN from a shelter with one program for 50 boys and girls that was on the brink of closing to the forefront of youth welfare organizations in Chicago, CEO Thomas Vanden Berk has announced his transition to CEO Emeritus beginning in July 2016. In that role, he…

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