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United Church Homes acquires Polaris Retirement Community in Columbus, Ohio

By CHHSM-Member Ministry Contribution | July 30, 2021

United Church Homes, Inc. (UCH) yesterday (July 28) acquired The Polaris Retirement Community from Polaris Retirement Living Properties, LP. The independent senior living community for those 55 and older has 136 one- and two-bedroom apartments and was developed in collaboration with Pittsburgh-based Graziano Construction and Development Company, Inc., and Sweetbay Senior Living.  The property is…

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Health and Racial Justice Advocate Bethany Johnson-Javois Named President and CEO of Deaconess Foundation

By CHHSM-Member Ministry Contribution | July 23, 2021

The Deaconess Foundation Board of Trustees is pleased to announce that lifelong St. Louis health and racial justice advocate Bethany Johnson-Javois, MSW, has been unanimously selected to serve as the next president and CEO of Deaconess Foundation in St. Louis. Her appointment follows a rigorous and thoughtful search led by the Deaconess executive search committee, appointed by…

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CHHSM, UMA August Webinar Geared Toward Professionals Serving Children, Youth, and Families

By Barb Powell | July 20, 2021

An important webinar for ministries serving children, youth and families takes place Aug. 11, from 1-3 p.m. ET. “Building a Resilient Ministry” is a joint event sponsored by the UCC Council for Health and Human Service Ministries and the United Methodist Association of Health and Welfare Ministries (UMA). It is designed to help youth-serving professionals…

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In Countless Ways, CHHSM’s Presence Adds to Richness of General Synod Experience

By Barb Powell | July 19, 2021

The UCC’s Council for Health and Human Service Ministries (CHHSM) played an important role throughout the denomination’s Thirty-Third General Synod, which closed Sunday evening, July 18. Sometimes prominent and sometimes behind the scenes, CHHSM’s presence and advocacy for health equity remained at the forefront of many Synod-related conversations — beginning with a Resolution of Witness…

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Implementation Conversation Offers Tangible Ways for Churches to Advocate for Health Equity and Become Anti-Racist

By Barb Powell | July 19, 2021

An implementation conversation held July 17 on the Synod Resolution to Declare and Respond to Racism as a Public Health Crisis drew a virtual crowd of some 50 participants from across the country. Attendees heard from United Black Christians (UBC) board member Barbara Baylor, former convenor of the UCC’s Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities Task…

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Valerie Russell Lecturer DeGruy Emphasizes Persistent Truth-Telling in Struggle to Heal the Injuries of Past and Current Racism

By Barb Powell | July 19, 2021

Internationally renowned researcher and educator Dr. Joy DeGruy brought her message of uncovering racism and unleashing repair to delegates and visitors at the UCC’s virtual General Synod 33. DeGruy delivered the Valerie Russell Lecture Saturday, July 17, at 11:30 a.m. Sponsored by CHHSM and the UCC’s Justice and Local Church Ministries (JLCM), the lecture honors…

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Coming Full Circle: A Phoebe Connection Across Generations

By CHHSM-Member Ministry Contribution | July 17, 2021

By Donna Schudel, Community Relations & Grants Specialist,Marketing and Community Relations, Phoebe Ministries. This article is reprinted with permission from the Spring/Summer 2021 Phoebe Ministries’ magazine, The Messenger. Photos courtesy of Phoebe Ministries. When Lowell Hawk was 5 years old, his family hosted the Rev. and Mrs. Sipple for dinner at their Northampton, Pa., home.…

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CHHSM/COREM Resolution Opens UCC General Synod with Powerful Statement on Racism as a Public Health Crisis

By Barb Powell | July 12, 2021

A highlight of the July 11 opening plenary session of the United Church of Christ’s Thirty-Third General Synod — taking place virtually through July 18 — was the presentation, discussion and vote on a powerful resolution aimed at examining societal systemic racism through the lens of public health. Delegates overwhelmingly approved “A Resolution to Declare…

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‘Transforming the Overdose Crisis’ Workshop Provides Meaningful Start to CHHSM’s General Synod Activities

By Barb Powell | July 11, 2021

The UCC’S Council for Health and Human Service Ministries kicked off its involvement in the denomination’s General Synod 33, being held virtually July 11-18, participating in a workshop for delegates on “Transforming the Overdose Crisis: Creating Communities and Congregations of Care.” The workshop, taped live July 8, was presented by the UCC’s Overdose and Drug…

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A Blossoming of Hope

By CHHSM-Member Ministry Contribution | July 7, 2021

By the Rev. Bobbie McKay, Ph.D. This article originally appeared as the July 1 blog entry from United Church Homes’ Parker Center for Abundant Living. It is reprinted here with permission. In the last five years, death became the center of my life. Uninvited and not sought, this intruder entered my life space and appeared to…

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