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Worship, Keynotes, Workshops, Celebrations, Meeting In Person Highlight CHHSM Annual Gathering

By Barb Powell | March 16, 2022

From the introduction of the Rev. Dr. Alton B. Pollard III — president of Louisville Presbyterian Seminary — as opening keynoter to the Rev. Dr. Jamesetta Ferguson’s (MOLO Village) powerful words during the closing worship service, CHHSM’s 84th Annual Gathering was a time of reflection, celebration, healing, and looking ahead that left attendees praising its…

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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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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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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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Creation of RDEI Standing Committee, Commitment to Anti-Bias and RDEI Training Highlight CHHSM Board’s November Meeting

By Barb Powell | December 13, 2021

An increased commitment to Race, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (RDEI) marked the recent meeting of the Council for Health and Human Service Ministries Board, held Nov. 15-17 in Chicago. The meeting was the first in-person and Zoom hybrid meeting since the COVID-19 pandemic began, and was held at three Chicago-area CHHSM member sites: UCAN on…

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Dosia Carlson: A Long Life that Made a Difference

By Guest Contributor | September 1, 2021

By Barbara Brown Zikmund She was a young woman born in 1930 who wanted to become a missionary in China. However, after an encounter with polio, her life unfolded in new ways. She studied at Oberlin (Ohio) College, attended a seminary, was ordained, earned a doctorate at the University of Pittsburgh and for 14 years…

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Readinger to Retire in 2022; CHHSM Board to Begin Search in September

By Barb Powell | August 13, 2021

Michael J. Readinger, president and CEO of the United Church of Christ’s Council for Health and Human Service Ministries (CHHSM), has announced that he will retire in April 2022. The CHHSM Board has retained the services of the Equius Group in order to conduct a thorough and diverse search for the position. “I cannot express…

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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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CHHSM Creates Fact-Based Information Campaign to Support Members’ COVID-19 Vaccine Rollout Programs

By Barb Powell | February 11, 2021

In order to support CHHSM members’ efforts to help their employees and residents understand the risks and rewards of the COVID-19 vaccines, the UCC’s Council for Health and Human Service Ministries has launched a “Myth vs. Facts” campaign. Created by the Rev. Elyse Berry, D.Min., CHHSM’s associate for advocacy and leadership development, the campaign aims…

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Racial Equity, COVID-19 Ramifications to Focus Workshop Topics for CHHSM’s Annual Gathering

By Barb Powell | December 10, 2020

The UCC’s Council for Health and Human Service Ministries is planning a variety of meaningful workshops during its virtual Annual Gathering — Together in Hope — which takes place online March 2-4, 2021. The workshops, offered by several CHHSM members and partners, are designed to include presentations as well as real-time discussion on topics affecting…

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