Annual Gathering

Inspired CHHSM Annual Gathering Focuses on Justice and Grace — Together

By Barb Powell | March 12, 2020

From a pre-conference visit to the National Civil Rights Museum at the Lorraine Motel — where the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated — to the Rev. Traci Blackmon’s stirring words during the closing worship, the UCC’s Council for Health and Human Service Ministries’ 82nd Annual Gathering left attendees moved, inspired, and recommitted…

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Historic Panel of Women Social Justice Leaders Brings Message of Hope, Resilience, and Faith to CHHSM Annual Gathering

By Barb Powell | March 11, 2020

Hope, grace, and justice. These three words wound throughout an historic panel discussion by four UCC women leaders in justice advocacy March 4 at the Council for Health and Human Service Ministries’ Annual Gathering in Memphis. Moderated by the Rev. Traci Blackmon, the UCC’s Associate General Minister of Justice & Local Church Ministries and senior…

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Justice Rolls Down Like Waters … and Through the Experiences of Distinguished, All-Women Panel at CHHSM Annual Gathering

By Barb Powell | February 14, 2020

An historical first in the United Church of Christ will be the centerpiece of CHHSM’s 82nd Annual Gathering, to be held March 2-5 in Memphis. On the morning of March 4 at 9 a.m., a panel discussion in the opening plenary will feature five renowned UCC women leaders in justice advocacy. Coming on the heels…

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I Can See Clearly Now

By Michael Readinger | February 13, 2020

It’s the year 2020 and I just could not resist using the above title for my column this month. Yes, 20/20 vision implies that one has the ability to see clearly. That is what one might hope for and aspire to, but this column is actually about something else. Instead of looking at things as…

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CHHSM Sponsors to Celebrate ‘Justice and Grace — Together’ at Annual Gathering

By Barb Powell | February 12, 2020

The mission of the UCC’s Council for Health and Human Service Ministries — to create a just, caring, and compassionate world — is lived out every day in health and human service ministries across the country. But at this year’s Annual Gathering, to be held in Memphis from March 2 through 5, many partner organizations…

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CHHSM Annual Gathering to Feature Workshops, Presentations and Activities to Hold ‘Justice and Grace — Together’

By Barb Powell | December 10, 2019

Together, members of the United Church of Christ’s Council for Health and Human Service Ministries work hard to create a just, caring, and compassionate world. To that end, CHHSM’s 82nd Annual Gathering — which takes place March 3-5, 2020, in Memphis, Tenn. — will focus on justice, and ways CHHSM ministries in health and human…

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Auld Lang Syne

By Barb Powell | January 11, 2019
Michael J. Readinger

I was thinking about Auld Lang Syne, so I read all the lyrics for the first time in my life. While there are a few parts of the song that are more celebratory than nostalgic, I really feel connected to the parts about being present with each other in the past. The song makes me…

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United Church of Christ’s Servant Leaders to Look ‘Toward Tomorrow’ at CHHSM Annual Gathering

By Barb Powell | January 8, 2019

In today’s changing landscape, UCC health and human service ministries often find that their work is complicated, regardless of the size of the organization or the populations served. As a response, the Council for Health and Human Service Ministries’ Annual Gathering in March will focus on the ways in which such ministries can learn and…

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CHHSM Annual Business Meeting to Take Place During 81st Annual Gathering

By CHHSM Staff | January 7, 2019

The Council for Health and Human Service Ministries, United Church of Christ will hold its 81st Annual Membership Business Meeting in Chicago Wednesday, March 9, from 12 to 1:30 p.m. The Rev. Ken Daniel, CHHSM board chair, will lead the meeting. Highlights will reports on the work of the board of directors and an update…

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CHHSM Annual Gathering a Success in Attendance, Programming

By CHHSM Staff | May 1, 2018

As those who attended the 2018 CHHSM Annual Gathering already know, this year’s event was a resounding success, filled with meaningful worship experiences, inspiring speakers, and motivational workshops. But now, CHHSM has the data to prove it! Thanks to a record-breaking number of attendees — which averaged 125/day — plus the generous sponsorship of CHHSM…

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