Annual Gathering

Synod’s Opening Preacher Puts Love in Action through CHHSM, Community Involvement

By Guest Contributor | November 15, 2022

By Maic D’Agostino. Reprinted by permission from UCC News, Nov. 15, 2022. Just days into his new job, Jamar Doyle learned he could be preaching at the United Church of Christ’s 34th General Synod. In February, the UCC’s Council for Health and Human Service Ministries named Doyle its new president and CEO. Then in March,…

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Dr. Ben Sanders III to Deliver Opening Keynote at CHHSM Annual Gathering in March 2023

By Barb Powell | November 11, 2022

The UCC Council for Health and Human Service Ministries (CHHSM) announced today (Nov. 11) that Dr. Ben Sanders III will deliver the opening keynote address during its 85th Annual Gathering, to be held March 7-9, 2023, in Denver. Sanders currently serves as director of race and social justice trainings and strategies in the Mayor’s Office…

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Requests for Workshop Proposals Being Accepted for CHHSM Annual Gathering

By Barb Powell | October 20, 2022

The 85th Annual Gathering of the UCC Council for Health and Human Service Ministries takes place March 7-9, 2023, at the Hilton City Center in Denver. The theme for the gathering is “Together through Mountains and Valleys,” and uses Isaiah 40:4-5 as its inspiration: “Every valley shall be lifted up, and every mountain and hill…

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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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CHHSM Board and Staff are grieved to learn of the death of our friend and colleague, Greg Watson, who died in October 2022. Greg was vice president of operations for Embrace Living Communities, based in Oak Brook, Ill.Greg was a graduate of CHHSM’s Nollau Leadership Institute, class of 2018-2019, and was consecrated as a Diakonal Minister during our 2019 Annual Gathering in Chicago. In an article about his class in June 2018 — not long after the group’s first retreat — Greg said, “The best part is not only beginning the process of clarifying your calling; but also, understanding and accepting one’s personal strength. Recognition of one’s ‘true' self enables us to serve from a place of wholeness.”Greg also served on the CHHSM Board of Directors, and was a beloved friend and colleague to many in the CHHSM family. Embrace Living stated on its website, “Greg was an outstanding servant leader for 17 years at Embrace Living Communities. He will be greatly missed.”CHHSM sends its prayers and love to Greg’s friends, family, and Embrace Living colleagues. ... See MoreSee Less
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