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CHHSM’s Virtual Annual Gathering a Success, Thanks to Active Participation, a Seamless Online Platform, and Incredible Presentations

By Barb Powell | March 11, 2021

Inspirational, motivational, soul-feeding … and just plain fun. These are some of the words used by attendees to describe the recently concluded 83rd Annual Gathering of the UCC’s Council for Health and Human Service Ministries, held virtually March 2-4, 2021. Attendance records were shattered at the three-day event: some 335 CHHSM members and friends registered…

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Alice Graham: Reflections on Service

By CHHSM-Member Ministry Contribution | January 27, 2021

(Reprinted with permission from the Winter issue of Changing Tides, the news magazine of Back Bay Mission.) By Alice Graham, Ph.D., Executive Director, Back Bay Mission Everything must changeNothing stays the sameEveryone must changeNothing stays the same(Lyrics from Everything Must Change by George Benson) As I write my final “Changing Tides” article, I am so…

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Pennington Named New Executive Director of Back Bay Mission

By CHHSM-Member Ministry Contribution | December 3, 2020

The Board of Directors of Back Bay Mission are pleased to announce that the Rev. James Pennington is the new executive director of Back Bay Mission. He begins his new duties in February 2021. With the retirement of the Rev. Alice Graham,  the Board of Directors began a nationwide search for her replacement.  Pennington, a Mississippian,…

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UCC Council for Health and Human Service Ministries Releases Statement on ‘Pandemic of Systemic Racism’

By Barb Powell | June 4, 2020

The Board and staff of the UCC’s Council for Health and Human Service Ministries (CHHSM) recently released a statement calling systemic racism a pandemic and pledging an increased financial commitment, additional programming, and a larger focus on advocacy work to end systemic racism. The statement was issued at the end of the Board’s virtual Zoom…

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Back Bay Executive Director Graham to Retire in December

By Barb Powell | April 8, 2020

The Back Bay Mission in Biloxi, Miss., has announced that the Rev. Alice Graham, Ph.D., executive director, is retiring. Her last day will be Dec. 31, 2020. Graham has been executive director of Back Bay since 2015. During her time at Back Bay, Graham has developed program initiatives that move clients from receiving emergency assistance…

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Dorhauer Visit to Back Bay Mission Emphasizes Continued Commitment to Its Ministries

By CHHSM-Member Ministry Contribution | October 3, 2018

During the last week in September, Back Bay Mission, a CHHSM member in Biloxi, Miss., welcomed a special guest: the Rev. John Dorhauer, general minister and president of the United Church of Christ. During his visit, Dorhauer held a lengthy meeting with staff — only two of whom are UCC members. He noted the commitment…

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For UCC Shelter Care Ministries, It’s All About Providing Hope

By Barb Powell | July 25, 2018

Making a difference: that’s a unifying theme among the many United Church of Christ shelter ministries operating in towns and communities across the United States. Some of the CHHSM members provide overnight facilities, some have day centers. Others provide various kinds of transitional housing. But they all fill vital needs for the people they serve.…

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CHHSM Fund Creates, Leaves Lasting Legacy

By Barb Powell | June 25, 2018

“When I came into the first CHHSM events I attended, I felt a new dimension of my call to ministry.” That’s how current CHHSM Scholar Emily Howard describes her experience of being introduced to the world of CHHSM members. Howard is one of many people who have benefited from the services and programs provided by…

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Nollau Institute Participants Find Perspectives Changed Through Classmates

By Barb Powell | June 8, 2018

With the first of three retreats completed, CHHSM’s 2018-2019 Nollau Institute participants are well on their way to discerning what servant leadership means to them in their lives and careers. Already, this year’s class has come away with new insights and several surprises. For Linda Dailey, executive director of United Church Homes’ Glenwood Retirement Community…

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United Church of Christ-Affiliated Back Bay Mission Builds Bridges Out of Poverty

By Barb Powell | October 20, 2017

The United Church of Christ-affiliated Back Bay Mission has long focused on helping people out of poverty. This year, its Bridges Out of Poverty program is getting an additional boost from the Mission’s Client Sustainability Campaign, a fundraising effort to open up additional avenues of success for Mission clients. “The response [to the campaign] —…

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