Annual Gathering

Annual Gathering: Faith Keeps Us Striving for Innovation and Collaboration

By Barb Powell | March 19, 2024

The Council for Health and Human Service Ministries’ (CHHSM) 86th Annual Gathering, held March 12-14, 2024, in St. Louis, explored its theme of Innovation and Collaboration through meaningful worship, inspiring workshops and keynotes, and joyful conversations. This year’s Gathering was based on an Ecclesiastes Bible passage, and its meaning was a thread running throughout the…

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CHHSM, United Church Homes, CBLF Share Spotlight on Collaboration Presentation

By Barb Powell | March 14, 2024

A recent meeting of UCC ministries illustrated how much collaboration can create community engagement and benefit everyone. The UCC’s Living Water (Ohio NorthEast) Spire Center, which assists the association’s churches in ministry, in late January brought together the UCC Church Building and Loan Fund (CBLF), UCC Council for Health and Human Service Ministries (CHHSM), and…

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Doyle, Davis-Williams Meet with UCC Rural and Small Town Churches in Ministry

By Barb Powell | March 14, 2024

The UCC Council for Health and Human Service Ministries was honored to deliver a presentation at the February Zoom meeting of the Coalition of UCC Rural and Small Town Churches in Ministry. Jamar Doyle, president and CEO of CHHSM, and George Davis-Williams, RN, a member of CHHSM’s Emerging Leadership Cohort and seminarian at United Theological…

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Multiple Workshop Options Guarantee Meaningful Annual Gathering

By Barb Powell | February 13, 2024

Among the highlights of CHHSM’s Annual Gathering — to be held March 12-14, 2024, in St Louis — are the inspired and educational workshops offered by CHHSM members, friends, and partners. This year is no exception, as workshop leaders explore innovative avenues of collaboration through a variety of topics, from restorative racial justice to financial…

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Panel Discussion During CHHSM Annual Gathering to Discuss Innovative Collaborations that Foster Community Sustainability

By Barb Powell | February 13, 2024

A more recent tradition at the CHHSM Annual Gathering — which takes place March 12-14, 2024, in St. Louis — is a plenary panel discussion on the gathering’s theme. This year, the panel takes place the afternoon of March 13, and will be a thought-provoking discussion on Innovation as the Gateway to Collaboration, where attendees…

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CHHSM Members and Friends Ensure Success, Innovation, and Collaboration at Annual Gathering

By Barb Powell | January 11, 2024

Innovation as the Gateway to Collaboration is the theme of this year’s Annual Gathering, to be held March 12-14 at the Live! by Loews Hotel in St. Louis. Indeed, the Annual Gathering itself is a product of collaboration, thanks to the partners and members who serve as sponsors of the many keynotes, plenaries, meals, workshops,…

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Early Bird Registration for CHHSM’s 86th Annual Gathering is Open!

By Barb Powell | December 14, 2023

Registration for CHHSM’s 86th Annual Gathering — to be held March 12-14, 2024, at the Live by Loews Hotel in St. Louis — opened Monday, Dec. 18. The hotel is located in downtown St. Louis’ Ballpark Village, adjacent to Busch Stadium and within walking distance of the new Arch riverfront, museums, and eateries. The theme…

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Nollau Leadership Institute: Walking Together in Faith

By Barb Powell | December 14, 2023

The participants in the 2023-2024 Nollau Leadership Institute class are two-thirds the way through their year-long experience, and starting to work on their final capstone projects, which will be displayed at CHHSM’s 86th Annual Gathering, March 12-14, 2024, in St. Louis. As with all Nollau classes, this year’s class is shaped by its retreats, held…

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CHHSM Invites Workshop Proposals for 2024 Annual Gathering Focused on Collaboration and Innovation

By Barb Powell | September 13, 2023

Collaboration takes center stage at the 2024 CHHSM Annual Gathering to be held March 12-14, 2024, at the Live By Loews Hotel in St. Louis. “St. Louis is the perfect backdrop to our theme, ‘Collaboration as the Gateway to Innovation,’” said Jamar Doyle, president and CEO of CHHSM. “The wealth of CHHSM agencies present in…

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“We Have an Orphan”

By Jamar Doyle | April 16, 2023

“We Have an Orphan” – Edward Nollau  As I write this month’s column, my heart is still filled with joy from Easter celebrations this year. Just last week a friend and I were in the office reflecting on how good it was to see church pews filled with families after several years of muted and…

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