From a pre-conference visit to the National Civil Rights Museum at the Lorraine Motel — where the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated — to the Rev. Traci Blackmon’s stirring words during the closing worship, the UCC’s Council for Health and Human Service Ministries’ 82nd Annual Gathering left attendees moved, inspired, and recommitted…

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The UCC’s Council for Health and Human Service Ministries announced today (Oct. 29) that Essence L. Ellis, a seminary student at Yale Divinity School in New Haven, Conn., has been named its new Rev. Jerry Paul Scholar. “We are thrilled to welcome Essence to the CHHSM family,” says Michael J. Readinger, CHHSM president and CEO.…

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An open pastoral letter to those seeking employment, to those seeking degrees, to those in discernment mode, to those seeking a path to fulfill their vocation and call and to anyone else looking to make a change in their lives: Never forget that you are amazing!  Let me tell you why . . . In…

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More than 20 years ago, The UCC’s Council for Health and Human Service Ministries quietly started a scholarship program to foster seminarians’ interest in faith-based health and human service ministries. Today, that program — now known as the Rev. Jerry Paul Scholar Program — continues to thrive, and has helped form career choices for many…

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Jamel Garrett has seen first-hand the gaps in health care that force many people to fend for themselves. As the 2015 Rev. Jerry W. Paul CHHSM Scholar, he wants to help change that. “I’ve seen the pitfalls with health care,” said Garrett, who is pursuing his Ph.D in theology, ethics and human services at Chicago…

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