CHHSM Annual Gathering

Author Curtice Discusses Personal, Collective Storytelling as Groundwork for Dismantling Racist Systems in Opening Keynote of CHHSM Annual Gathering

By Barb Powell | March 11, 2021

CHHSM’s 83rd Annual Gathering, held online March 2-4, 2021, focused on the theme “Together in Hope.” During the opening keynote address from noted author Kaitlin Curtice, the theme quickly expanded into the hope of beginning anew to build a more just, caring and compassionate world. Curtice is an enrolled citizen of the Potawatomi Nation —…

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To Save, Not Just Serve: Keynoter Baker Challenges CHHSM Members to Increased Activism in Annual Gathering’s Closing Plenary

By Barb Powell | March 11, 2021

In a keynote address punctuated with a call to self-examination and implementation of change, the Rev. Dr. Dietra Wise Baker — director of contextual education at UCC-related Eden Theological Seminary in Webster Groves, Mo. — urged attendees to CHHSM’s 83rd Annual Gathering to return to their ministries prepared to find new ways to transform lives.…

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Grounded in Faith, Transformed by Hope, Worship Preachers Goodwin and Delk Provide Context for CHHSM’s 83rd Annual Gathering

By Barb Powell | March 11, 2021

One of the highlights of the UCC Council for Health and Human Service Ministries’ 83rd Annual Gathering, robustly held virtually March 2-4, 2021, was worship. The opening and closing services — featuring the Rev. Darrell Goodwin and the Rev. Dr. Yvonne Delk — not only lifted up the Annual Gathering’s theme, Together in Hope, but…

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Inspiring Preachers, Speakers to Highlight CHHSM Annual Gathering

By Barb Powell | February 12, 2021

The 83rd CHHSM Annual Gathering, themed “Together in Hope,” takes place online March 2-4 with a docket of keynote speakers and worship leaders guaranteed to inspire and captivate attendees. Preachers include the Rev. Darrell Goodwin, executive conference minister of the UCC’s Southern New England Conference, and the Rev. Dr. Yvonne Delk — teacher, educator, preacher,…

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Thank You, Church!

By Michael Readinger | March 12, 2020

Those of us who were together in Memphis have now returned from the 82nd CHHSM Annual Gathering. While it is good to be back home, I feel a sense of longing for the spirit of “Justice and Grace — Together” that was so pervasive during our time together last week. For that, I want to…

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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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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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CHHSM Annual Gathering Materials Now Online

By CHHSM Staff | April 2, 2019
Chicago buildings on river against blue sky

The 2019 CHHSM Annual Gathering, held March 5-7, 2019, in Chicago, was immensely successful. In response to requests, all of the meeting materials are now online. Where to Find Annual Gathering Materials The Annual Gathering Landing Page is the gateway to all the photos, documents and presentations from the gathering. Here are direct links to…

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CHHSM Annual Gathering Provides Meaningful Focus on Learning and Growing Ministry Together

By Barb Powell | March 12, 2019

The Council for Health and Human Service Ministries’ 81st Annual Gathering, held March 5-7 in Chicago, sent CHHSM members home filled with inspiration and hope, and armed with new information and renewed partnerships. “The Annual Gathering was a wonderful event that provided me the opportunity to see long-time friends and make new ones,” says Lee…

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