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Dr. Zaria Davis Named CHHSM’s New Rev. Jerry Paul Scholar

By Barb Powell | September 12, 2022

The UCC’s Council for Health and Human Service Ministries (CHHSM) has named Dr. Zaria Davis, a student at UCC-related Eden Theological Seminary in Webster Groves, Mo., as its new Rev. Jerry Paul Scholar. “I am excited to welcome Zaria Davis as this year’s Jerry Paul Scholar,” said Jamar Doyle, president and CEO of CHHSM. “Zaria…

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‘I Will Remember Being Held’: Essence Ellis Reflects on Her Year as UCC Fellow

By Barb Powell | June 13, 2022

As her year-long experience of being the inaugural UCC Fellow with the UCC’s Council for Health and Human Service Ministries (CHHSM) and Justice and Local Church Ministries (JLCM) comes to an end, Essence Ellis is in a unique position to reflect. Not only has her year as UCC Fellow taken her in unexpected, rewarding directions,…

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CHHSM’s Rev. Jerry Paul Scholar Program for Seminarians is Accepting Applications for 2022-2023 School Year

By Barb Powell | May 12, 2022

The UCC Council for Health and Human Service Ministries has opened applications for the 2022-2023 Rev. Jerry Paul Scholar. The CHHSM Scholar program is open to seminary students interested in learning more about ministry in faith-based health and human service nonprofit organizations. The program is tailored to the individual seminarian, and runs during each school…

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Former CHHSM Scholar Essence Ellis Awarded One-Year CHHSM and JLCM United Church of Christ Fellowship

By Barb Powell | June 11, 2021

Former CHHSM Scholar Essence Ellis has been named the first-ever recipient of the CHHSM & JLCM United Church of Christ Fellowship. The program was created by CHHSM and the UCC’s Justice and Local Church Ministries (JLCM) to prepare the fellow to become a leader working at the intersections of theology, public health, racial justice, gender…

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Inspired CHHSM Annual Gathering Focuses on Justice and Grace — Together

By Barb Powell | March 12, 2020

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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Essence L. Ellis Named CHHSM’s Rev. Jerry Paul Scholar

By Barb Powell | October 31, 2019

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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Never Forget that You are Amazing

By Michael Readinger | August 16, 2019

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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CHHSM Scholar Experience Provides Valuable Insights that Help Discern Seminarians’ Call to Ministry

By Barb Powell | August 8, 2019

The UCC’s Council for Health and Human Service Ministries is searching for its next Rev. Jerry Paul Scholar. The CHHSM Scholar program is open to seminary students who want to learn more about ministry in a faith-based health and human service nonprofit organization. For Megan Culbertson Hoxhalli, who was a CHHSM Scholar from 2012 to…

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CHHSM’s Rev. Jerry Paul Scholar Program Focuses on Opportunities for Health and Human Service Career Paths for Seminarians

By Barb Powell | June 6, 2018

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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Garrett Named Rev. Jerry W. Paul CHHSM Scholar

By CHHSM Staff | October 13, 2015

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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