Kathryn O’Connor Kuhn, UCC Pastor Known for Health and Human Service Ministry, Dies at 50

By CHHSM Staff | November 3, 2020
Rev. Kathryn Kuhn

Former CHHSM Board member and Nollau Leadership Institute (2015-2016) graduate Kathryn O’Connor Kuhn, 50, of Kiel, Wis., died Monday, Nov. 2, 2020, at home, surrounded in love by her immediately family. Known for her local church ministry and health and human service ministries work, Kuhn pastored local Wisconsin churches for many years, including Our Saviour’s…

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Election Day Reflections: One Way or Another

By Michael Readinger | November 3, 2020

I am writing this column on the day of the election. While I am passionate about the candidates I am supporting, the issues that impact me and my personal/professional life, and the sanctity of democracy, I do not know what we will wake up to on Wednesday, November 4, 2020. What I do know is…

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Emmaus Homes Implements Technology Update Giving Clients Access to Healthcare and More

By CHHSM-Member Ministry Contribution | October 26, 2020

Emmaus Homes recently implemented a technology update to 69 client homes. The update is benefiting about 225 people with disabilities living in St. Louis. The technology includes new iPads and software in all of Emmaus’ service locations. Especially now, due to COVID-19, this technology provides Emmaus clients with a new level of access to essential…

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Foster Care Agency Charles Hall Closes Residential Services Operations and Treatment Program Serving At-Risk Youth in North Dakota

By CHHSM Staff | October 26, 2020

UCC-related Charles Hall Youth and Family Services in Bismarck, N.D., was forced to close its Qualified Residential Treatment Program (QTRP) Oct. 24 due to major funding shortages in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. Although the residential program is closing, Gayla Sherman, executive director of programs & resource development, said Charles Hall will continue to…

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We Are All Needed on the Other Side …

By Michael Readinger | October 13, 2020

For months, I have been poring over the responses to the Vision 2030 questions we started asking back in March of 2020. We received 71 responses from 36 individuals or groups that covered 27 pages of type. As the year progressed, the responses took a startling and unsurprising turn. No longer was the focus on…

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October Installment of Be a Voice Toolkit Focuses on Mental Health and Substance Use

By Barb Powell | October 13, 2020

The oft-times partnered issues of mental health and substance use can cause complex treatment challenges — and solutions — for CHHSM members. One example is making sure health care professionals assisting persons of color are trained in cultural competency so that they can help their clients with mental health and substance use problems that arise…

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UCAN Panel Discussion Examines Cultural Solidarity Between African-American and Latinx Communities

By Barb Powell | October 8, 2020

One of the ways in which systemic racism will be dismantled is through solidarity: between whites and persons of color, yes; but equally as important, between African-American and Latinx communities. On Sept. 22, UCC-related UCAN in Chicago and Organic Oneness — a grassroots social justice organization based out of Chicago and Minneapolis — hosted A…

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The Discipleship of Anti-Racism: CHHSM’s New Anti-Racism Center Lifts Up Resources for Action and Reflection

By Barb Powell | October 8, 2020
Murals of children of color

As part of its recommitment to dismantle white supremacy, the UCC’s Council for Health and Human Service Ministries has updated its website to include a new Anti-Racism Center. The creation of the center is one of many actions to be taken as a follow-up to the Pandemic of Systemic Racism statement released by CHHSM board…

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‘Understanding Historical Trauma’ Workshop Helps Open the Door to Discussion and Healing

By Barb Powell | October 7, 2020

When Niquanna Barnett, in-home family therapist and intake specialist at UCC-related Orion Family Services in Madison, Wis., developed the workshop “Understanding Historical Trauma: How to Heal and Move Forward” and presented it at the CHHSM Annual Gathering in Memphis this past March, she knew it wasn’t going to be a one-time event. She had plans…

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Virtual Annual Gathering to Include Workshops, Speakers, and More

By Barb Powell | October 6, 2020

The UCC’s Council for Health and Human Service Ministries has announced that its 2021 83rd Annual Gathering is going virtual. The meeting, centering around the theme, “Together in Hope,” will be held online March 2-4, 2021. “In the face of loss and violence as a result of the two pandemics currently affecting our country —…

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