Annual Gathering

Annual Gathering Keynotes Address Aspects of Moving Forward Together in Becoming Anti-Racist

By Barb Powell | March 15, 2022

Among the highlights of the recently concluded 84th Annual Gathering of the UCC’s Council for Health and Human Service Ministries (CHHSM) were the three keynote addresses. The keynotes were delivered by the Rev. Dr. Alton B. Pollard III, president of Louisville Presbyterian Seminary; Dan Hermann and Lisa McCracken from platinum sponsor Ziegler; and Nikki Lanier,…

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Special Evening of Joy, Tears, Laughter Celebrates the Ministry of Michael J. Readinger

By Barb Powell | March 10, 2022

Amidst Annual Gathering workshops, board business, and weighty discussions on moving Forward Together, the members, board, and staff of the UCC Council for Health and Human Service Ministries took the evening of March 9 to honor outgoing President and CEO Michael J. Readinger, who retires in April. CHHSM’s Annual Gathering takes place through March 10…

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Doyle Calls CHHSM to Move Forward, Together in First Annual Gathering Address

By Barb Powell | March 10, 2022

Jamar Doyle, recently installed president and CEO of the UCC’s Council for Health and Human Service Ministries, emphasized working together to identify CHHSM’s path ahead in a rousing address during an evening dinner Tuesday, March 8. The event was part of CHHSM’s 84th Annual Gathering, being held through March 10 at the Brown Hotel in…

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Worship Service Installing New CHHSM President and CEO Kicks Off Annual Gathering in Celebratory Fashion

By Barb Powell | March 8, 2022

In a celebration of worship, CHHSM’s 84th Annual Gathering began March 8 with the installation of its new president and CEO, Jamar Doyle. The service was held at St. John UCC in Louisville, Ky., and marked the opening of the first in-person Annual Gathering since 2020. “It is my joy to welcome you this morning…

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Annual Gathering to Include Meaningful Workshops and an Event App for Keeping Up to Date

By Barb Powell | February 11, 2022

Among the many highlights of each CHHSM Annual Gathering are the workshops, offered by friends, members, and partners. This year’s event, “Forward Together,” will be held March 8-10 in Louisville, Ky., and features workshops ranging from staff development to justice and advocacy. And helping attendees navigate the many offerings will be the Annual Gathering event…

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CHHSM Partners with Annual Gathering Health Screening Sponsor Accushield to Ensure Safety During Event

By Barb Powell | February 10, 2022

Out of concern for the health of everyone at CHHSM’s 84th Annual Gathering — to be held March 8-10 in Louisville, Ky. — CHHSM has implemented many COVID-19 safety measures, including partnering with a new health screening sponsor. Atlanta-based Accushield, the Gathering’s health screening sponsor, will set up easily-accessible health screening kiosks. All attendees will be…

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CHHSM Members and Partners Help Annual Gathering Move ‘Forward Together’ Via Sponsorships

By Barb Powell | January 13, 2022

Forward Together is the theme of CHHSM’s 2022 Annual Gathering, to be held March 8-10 in Louisville, Ky. Taking that theme to heart are a number of partners and CHHSM members who are stepping up this year to serve as sponsors of the event. One such organization is Ziegler, the Gathering’s Platinum sponsor for the…

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Registration Opens this Week for CHHSM’s 84th Annual Gathering, to be held in March 2022

By Barb Powell | December 13, 2021

Registration for CHHSM’s 84th Annual Gathering — to be held at the historic Brown Hotel in Louisville, Ky., March 8-10, 2022 — opens this week. Watch your email for the official announcement. This year’s Annual Gathering marks the first time a CHHSM corporate gathering has taken place in person since the COVID-19 pandemic caused stay-at-home…

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Race, Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, Belonging, and Justice!

By Michael Readinger | December 13, 2021

As you may be aware by now, CHHSM has made some significant progress in its efforts toward dismantling racism and white supremacy systems in the last year. Our Race, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (RDEI) work has just begun and will be a long-term, lifelong commitment that will require changing the way people, organizations and systems…

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Inaugural Fellowship Proving Fruitful for UCC Fellow Essence Ellis and Her UCC Colleagues

By Barb Powell | December 13, 2021

In her first six months as the Council for Health and Human Service Ministries (CHHSM)/Justice and Local Church Ministries (JLCM) UCC Fellow, Essence Ellis has attended meetings, networked with a variety of UCC people across the denomination, worked with experts from various CHHSM member organizations, and found the time to author articles and resources for…

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