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Margaret Schultz, First Woman to Serve as Administrator of Emmaus Homes, Dies at 88

By CHHSM-Member Ministry Contribution | February 9, 2021

Margaret M. Schultz, 88, the first woman to serve as administrator of Emmaus Homes, died Thursday, Dec. 10, 2020, at Cedarcrest Manor, Washington, Mo. Born Dec. 7, 1932, in Charlotte, Mo., Schultz was the daughter of the late George and Mathilda Louisa (nee Rohlfing). Shauna O’Toole, director of development at Emmaus, wrote the following article,…

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First Webinar in UCC ‘State of the Matter’ Series Features Starsky Wilson

By Guest Contributor | February 4, 2021

This story is reprinted with permission from United Church of Christ News. By Hans Holznagel In the United States, it’s State of the Union season. And in the United Church of Christ, it’s something similar. A new webinar series — on the state of issues that matter — kicked off Jan. 26 on Zoom and…

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CHHSM and COREM Submit Resolution to the UCC General Synod Declaring Racism a Public Health Crisis

By Barb Powell | January 5, 2021

The UCC’s Council for Health and Human Service Ministries (CHHSM), in collaboration with the UCC’s Council for Racial and Ethnic Ministries (COREM), has submitted “A Resolution to Declare and Respond to Racism as a Public Health Crisis” for consideration at the denomination’s Thirty-Third General Synod in July 2021. “The upcoming General Synod is an opportunity…

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Special Worship Liturgy and Prayers Included in Resources for Health and Human Service Sunday, Jan. 31

By Barb Powell | December 11, 2020

Each year, the United Church of Christ designates a Sunday in January as the time to lift up the rich history and gifts of Health and Human Service ministries across the church. This year, Health and Human Service Sunday takes place on the Fourth Sunday after Epiphany, Jan. 31. A special liturgy designed by the…

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Hope Springs Eternal

By Michael Readinger | December 10, 2020

December. A final column for 2020. A year like none ever experienced by 99.9 percent of us. Advent. As my thoughts swirl like blowing leaves of autumn and the first snows of winter; as I remember columns I have written at the end of each of the last 6 years; as I reflect on the…

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Racial Equity, COVID-19 Ramifications to Focus Workshop Topics for CHHSM’s Annual Gathering

By Barb Powell | December 10, 2020

The UCC’s Council for Health and Human Service Ministries is planning a variety of meaningful workshops during its virtual Annual Gathering — Together in Hope — which takes place online March 2-4, 2021. The workshops, offered by several CHHSM members and partners, are designed to include presentations as well as real-time discussion on topics affecting…

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UCC-related Tougaloo College Awards Daniel Presidential Citation

By CHHSM-Member Ministry Contribution | December 9, 2020

Earlier this fall, Tougaloo (Miss.) College, an Historically Black College founded by the UCC’s American Missionary Association, presented the Rev. Kenneth V. Daniel, CEO and president of United Church Homes, with its prestigious Presidential Citation during the college’s 151st Founders’ Convocation. The award was presented for Daniel’s lifelong work and commitment to senior healthcare and…

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Bellewood & Brooklawn Mission: Providing Care from Childhood through Adulthood

By Barb Powell | December 9, 2020

It’s an all-too-familiar story: “Sarah” arrived at UCC-related Bellewood & Brooklawn in Louisville, Ky., at age 15 after years of abuse and trauma. Deserted in infancy, she had been raised by a family friend, whom she called “aunt,” and then by a sister. Sarah was a victim of sexual abuse at age 12 and began…

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Faith, Community Sustains Staff, Clients at United Church Outreach Ministry

By Barb Powell | December 8, 2020

For frontline nonprofits like United Church Outreach Ministry in Wyoming, Mich., colder weather and the holiday season always means finding new ways to meet the basic, ongoing needs of clients. But with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic throwing a spanner in the works, adaptability has been key. “UCOM is nothing if not flexible,” says the Rev.…

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CHHSM Board Approves Grants to Five Nonprofits Battling Systemic Racism

By Barb Powell | December 7, 2020

During its fall meeting, the Board of Directors of the UCC’s Council for Health and Human Service Ministries approved grants to five organizations working to end systemic racism. The grants were announced following the meeting, held virtually Nov. 16-18, 2020. Grants in the amount of $3,000 each will be given to the Grassroots Law Project,…

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