Annual Gathering

Author Curtice Discusses Personal, Collective Storytelling as Groundwork for Dismantling Racist Systems in Opening Keynote of CHHSM Annual Gathering

By Barb Powell | March 11, 2021

CHHSM’s 83rd Annual Gathering, held online March 2-4, 2021, focused on the theme “Together in Hope.” During the opening keynote address from noted author Kaitlin Curtice, the theme quickly expanded into the hope of beginning anew to build a more just, caring and compassionate world. Curtice is an enrolled citizen of the Potawatomi Nation —…

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To Save, Not Just Serve: Keynoter Baker Challenges CHHSM Members to Increased Activism in Annual Gathering’s Closing Plenary

By Barb Powell | March 11, 2021

In a keynote address punctuated with a call to self-examination and implementation of change, the Rev. Dr. Dietra Wise Baker — director of contextual education at UCC-related Eden Theological Seminary in Webster Groves, Mo. — urged attendees to CHHSM’s 83rd Annual Gathering to return to their ministries prepared to find new ways to transform lives.…

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Grounded in Faith, Transformed by Hope, Worship Preachers Goodwin and Delk Provide Context for CHHSM’s 83rd Annual Gathering

By Barb Powell | March 11, 2021

One of the highlights of the UCC Council for Health and Human Service Ministries’ 83rd Annual Gathering, robustly held virtually March 2-4, 2021, was worship. The opening and closing services — featuring the Rev. Darrell Goodwin and the Rev. Dr. Yvonne Delk — not only lifted up the Annual Gathering’s theme, Together in Hope, but…

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Inspiring Preachers, Speakers to Highlight CHHSM Annual Gathering

By Barb Powell | February 12, 2021

The 83rd CHHSM Annual Gathering, themed “Together in Hope,” takes place online March 2-4 with a docket of keynote speakers and worship leaders guaranteed to inspire and captivate attendees. Preachers include the Rev. Darrell Goodwin, executive conference minister of the UCC’s Southern New England Conference, and the Rev. Dr. Yvonne Delk — teacher, educator, preacher,…

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Registration is Open for the 2021 CHHSM 83rd Annual Gathering, to be Held Virtually and Free of Charge

By Barb Powell | January 13, 2021

Registration for CHHSM’s 2021 Annual Gathering, to be held virtually March 2-4, opens today and is free for all who wish to attend. In lieu of a fee, registrants will have the option to help support the work of CHHSM in leadership formation and racial equity and inclusion. “Due to the extraordinary circumstances this year,…

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CHHSM Annual Gathering Sponsors Step Up to Help Support Once-in-a-Lifetime Free Event

By Barb Powell | January 13, 2021

The 2021 Annual Gathering, to be held virtually March 2-4, promises to be an interactive, informative, and inspirational three days, thanks to participants, presenters, and the host of event sponsors who are helping to make the Gathering a success. The sponsors are helping to make it possible, in lieu of a registration fee, for attendees…

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Annual Gathering Promises to Bring Attendees ‘Together in Hope’ in Meaningful New Ways

By Barb Powell | November 11, 2020

Exciting virtual meeting spaces, opportunities for information sharing, outstanding worship experiences, and more will highlight the 83rd Annual Gathering of the UCC’s Council for Health and Human Service Ministries, to be held online March 2-4, 2021. Built around the theme, “Together in Hope,” the virtual gathering centers on the Hebrews 11:1 passage, “Now faith is…

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Virtual Annual Gathering to Include Workshops, Speakers, and More

By Barb Powell | October 6, 2020

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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CHHSM Releases Video on Historic “If It Weren’t for the Women” Panel Discussion

By Barb Powell | July 13, 2020

The UCC’s Council for Health and Human Service Ministries has released a 45-minute video featuring women justice leaders exploring how they were shaped and supported in their emergence as leaders in response to racism, sexism, and heterosexism. If It Weren’t for the Women is based on the historic panel discussion of the same name featuring…

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Thank You, Church!

By Michael Readinger | March 12, 2020

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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