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UCAN Leader Robinson Honored for ‘Dedication to Empowering and Uplifting the African American Community’

By CHHSM Staff | March 24, 2021

A leader of UCAN — a West Side Chicago youth services organization that serves more than 21,000 at-risk children, youth and families — is being honored for his contributions to diversity, equity and inclusion. Claude Robinson, executive vice president for external affairs and diversity at UCAN, recently was awarded the Donald Stewart Fellowship by the…

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Internal and Global Resolutions, Bylaw Changes, on Docket for UCC General Synod

By Guest Contributor | March 24, 2021

By Hans Holznagel. This article is reprinted with permission from UCC News. This summer’s General Synod will vote on a resolution brought by CHHSM declaring racism a public health crisis. Delegates to the United Church of Christ’s General Synod this summer will have a wide variety of subjects to consider. Among them: A just peace…

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UCC’s Justice and Witness Ministries Urges Members to Call on Congress to Condemn Anti-Asian Sentiment and Racism

By Barb Powell | March 23, 2021

The UCC’s Justice and Witness Ministries (JWM) office, located in Washington, D.C., issued an action alert Monday (March 22), urging UCC members to contact their Congressional representatives and urge them to condemn racist attacks and classify them as hate crimes. “The surge of anti-Asian discrimination towards our Asian American and Pacific Island neighbors from the…

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United Church Homes Signs Management Contract with Older Adult Communities in Tennessee and Ohio

By CHHSM-Member Ministry Contribution | March 19, 2021

United Church Homes, Inc. (UCH) has welcomed two senior living communities to its growing network of older adult communities. In January, UCH signed a management services and support contract with the board of directors of Community Care of Rutherford County (CCRC, Inc.) to support the operation of its 131-bed skilled nursing community located in Murfreesboro, Tenn. CCRC, Inc.,…

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St. Louis Regional Racial Healing + Justice Fund Announces Inaugural Grant Recipients

By CHHSM-Member Ministry Contribution | March 17, 2021

After a four-month community-led grantmaking process, the St. Louis Regional Racial Healing + Justice Fund’s Community Governing Board — which UCC-related Deaconess Foundation helped establish — selected the first set of community grant recipients to lead capacity and infrastructure development efforts in the racial justice movement through community organizing and healing arts. The targeted investment…

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CPS Adds Blue Team Restoration/Emergency Response Vendor to CHHSM Store

By Guest Contributor | March 17, 2021

From Natalia Hernandez, our service rep at Care Purchasing (CPS), the group purchasing company behind the CHHSM Store: I am providing additional information on our exciting new vendor partner, Blue Team. This is a Restoration, Construction and Roofing vendor that offers the following services: RESTORATION/EMERGENCY RESPONSE SERVICES Water Damage Fire and Smoke Damage Hurricane/Regional Events Environmental…

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CHHSM’s Virtual Annual Gathering a Success, Thanks to Active Participation, a Seamless Online Platform, and Incredible Presentations

By Barb Powell | March 11, 2021

Inspirational, motivational, soul-feeding … and just plain fun. These are some of the words used by attendees to describe the recently concluded 83rd Annual Gathering of the UCC’s Council for Health and Human Service Ministries, held virtually March 2-4, 2021. Attendance records were shattered at the three-day event: some 335 CHHSM members and friends registered…

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Author Curtice Discusses Personal, Collective Storytelling as Groundwork for Dismantling Racist Systems in Opening Keynote of CHHSM Annual Gathering

By Barb Powell | March 11, 2021

CHHSM’s 83rd Annual Gathering, held online March 2-4, 2021, focused on the theme “Together in Hope.” During the opening keynote address from noted author Kaitlin Curtice, the theme quickly expanded into the hope of beginning anew to build a more just, caring and compassionate world. Curtice is an enrolled citizen of the Potawatomi Nation —…

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To Save, Not Just Serve: Keynoter Baker Challenges CHHSM Members to Increased Activism in Annual Gathering’s Closing Plenary

By Barb Powell | March 11, 2021

In a keynote address punctuated with a call to self-examination and implementation of change, the Rev. Dr. Dietra Wise Baker — director of contextual education at UCC-related Eden Theological Seminary in Webster Groves, Mo. — urged attendees to CHHSM’s 83rd Annual Gathering to return to their ministries prepared to find new ways to transform lives.…

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Grounded in Faith, Transformed by Hope, Worship Preachers Goodwin and Delk Provide Context for CHHSM’s 83rd Annual Gathering

By Barb Powell | March 11, 2021

One of the highlights of the UCC Council for Health and Human Service Ministries’ 83rd Annual Gathering, robustly held virtually March 2-4, 2021, was worship. The opening and closing services — featuring the Rev. Darrell Goodwin and the Rev. Dr. Yvonne Delk — not only lifted up the Annual Gathering’s theme, Together in Hope, but…

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