The UCC’s Council for Health and Human Service Ministries has announced that its 2021 83rd Annual Gathering is going virtual. The meeting, centering around the theme, “Together in Hope,” will be held online March 2-4, 2021. “In the face of loss and violence as a result of the two pandemics currently affecting our country —…

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Those of us who were together in Memphis have now returned from the 82nd CHHSM Annual Gathering. While it is good to be back home, I feel a sense of longing for the spirit of “Justice and Grace — Together” that was so pervasive during our time together last week. For that, I want to…

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From a pre-conference visit to the National Civil Rights Museum at the Lorraine Motel — where the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated — to the Rev. Traci Blackmon’s stirring words during the closing worship, the UCC’s Council for Health and Human Service Ministries’ 82nd Annual Gathering left attendees moved, inspired, and recommitted…

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Hope, grace, and justice. These three words wound throughout an historic panel discussion by four UCC women leaders in justice advocacy March 4 at the Council for Health and Human Service Ministries’ Annual Gathering in Memphis. Moderated by the Rev. Traci Blackmon, the UCC’s Associate General Minister of Justice & Local Church Ministries and senior…

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It’s the year 2020 and I just could not resist using the above title for my column this month. Yes, 20/20 vision implies that one has the ability to see clearly. That is what one might hope for and aspire to, but this column is actually about something else. Instead of looking at things as…

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Together, members of the United Church of Christ’s Council for Health and Human Service Ministries work hard to create a just, caring, and compassionate world. To that end, CHHSM’s 82nd Annual Gathering — which takes place March 3-5, 2020, in Memphis, Tenn. — will focus on justice, and ways CHHSM ministries in health and human…

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Michael J. Readinger

I was thinking about Auld Lang Syne, so I read all the lyrics for the first time in my life. While there are a few parts of the song that are more celebratory than nostalgic, I really feel connected to the parts about being present with each other in the past. The song makes me…

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