During most biennial General Synods of the United Church of Christ, the Council for Health and Human Service Ministries spends its time lifting up member ministries and distributing information about the great programs and people of CHHSM. But as the Presenting Sponsor of this year’s event — taking place at the Wisconsin Center in Milwaukee,…

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For more than 100 years, UCC-related Elon Homes in Charlotte, N.C., has been a safe haven for children and youth, providing education and employment opportunities to guide low income or otherwise disadvantaged children and youth toward fulfilling, independent adulthood. Now, a grant from the Cannon Foundation in Concord, N.C., is helping Elon Homes extend those…

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There are evangelism resources hidden in plain sight at most local churches, and CHHSM’s Age-Friendly Congregations study booklet can help access them. The resources are older adults, says Jan Aerie, one of the curriculum’s co-authors. And the goal is finding ways of encouraging older congregants to share their gifts in ways that benefit everyone. Aerie,…

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For Tomi Cimarosti, UCC-related Charles Hall Youth Services’ residential director, angels can be found anywhere, including local pawn shops. “The at-risk youth we serve most often come from dysfunctional family backgrounds, where they did not receive the nurturing and guidance necessary for personal growth and successful development,” says Rhonda Styles-Rhode, director of marketing and communication…

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If you are wondering about the name of this column, I assure you that it is intentional. Yes, we have been talking about the 3 Great Loves for more than two years now. And, I am happy to say, the United Church of Christ has committed to continuing with this initiative for the next biennium!…

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On the Cumberland Plateau in the eastern Tennessee town of Pleasant Hill, the strong-willed residents of the United Church of Christ’s Uplands Village have a long tradition of social justice activism. But theirs is not an abstract participation: close to home, Uplanders are passionate about saving the environment for the benefit of all God’s creatures.…

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