Annual Gathering

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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Pollard, Lanier Highlight List of Speakers and Preachers at CHHSM Annual Gathering Next March

By Barb Powell | November 11, 2021

The 84th Annual Gathering of the UCC’s Council for Health and Human Service Ministries promises to be a meaningful and inspiring experience, as evidenced in the keynoters recently announced by CHHSM. The Rev. Dr. Alton B. Pollard III — president of Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary known for his thoughtful comments in the critically acclaimed PBS…

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Submit Workshop Proposals Now for CHHSM’s 2022 Annual Gathering, ‘Forward Together’

By Barb Powell | October 12, 2021

The UCC Council for Health and Human Service Ministries is requesting workshop proposals for its 84th Annual Gathering, to be held March 8-10 at the historic Brown Hotel in Louisville, Ky., a landmark since 1923. The theme of the in-person gathering is Forward Together, which will be the emphasis of all events and activities during…

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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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