Council for Health and Human Service Ministries

Together through Mountains and Valleys

By Jamar Doyle | January 13, 2023

Every valley shall be lifted up,and every mountain and hill be made low. . . .Then the glory of our God shall be revealed,and all people shall see it together.– Isaiah 40:4-5 As we prepare for CHHSM’s 85th Annual Gathering in Denver this March, our theme, “Together through Mountains and Valleys,” invites us to reflect on…

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CHHSM Annual Gathering to Feature Inspiring Workshops

By Barb Powell | January 12, 2023

From mission planning to restorative justice, finances to employee satisfaction, the workshops at CHHSM’s 2023 Annual Gathering contain something for everyone. This year’s event, “Together Through Mountains and Valleys,” takes place March 7-9 in Denver, and its workshops promise to be informative, motivational, and meaningful. The 85th Annual Gathering features three sessions of workshops: morning…

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CHHSM Accepting Applications for Enrollment in the 2023-2024 Nollau Leadership Institute

By Barb Powell | January 12, 2023

The UCC’s Council for Health and Human Service Ministries has opened applications for enrollment for the 2023-2024 class of its Nollau Leadership Institute. The Institute’s year-long leadership formation program helps class members discern their call as Diakonal Ministers. A special vocation for serving leaders within CHHSM members and the wider United Church of Christ, Diakonal…

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CHHSM Scholar Davis Not Only Gaining Experience, But Offering Her Gifts to Member Organizations

By Barb Powell | January 12, 2023

Dr. Zaria Davis has hit the ground running as the current CHHSM Rev. Jerry Paul Scholar, and the experience is opening up a myriad of possible paths to her for future health and human service ministry. “I feel like the first term allowed me the opportunity to learn about the organization and its members,” Davis…

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Archway Communities, Inc., Announces Acquisition of Senior Affordable Housing Property

By CHHSM-Member Ministry Contribution | January 12, 2023

Archway Communities recently announced the purchase of Montview Manor in Denver. The 13-story building, constructed in 1964, makes the 11th property in Archway’s portfolio. It serves older adults, 62-plus. Archway purchased the building from the Montview Building Corporation, an affiliate of Montview Presbyterian Church. Archway’s mission alignment and commitment to avoid displacing existing residents were…

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Unleashing Potential Receives UCC Neighbors In Need Grant to Enhance its STEAM Programming

By CHHSM-Member Ministry Contribution | January 12, 2023

Unleashing Potential, based in St. Louis, recently received a Neighbors in Need (NIN) grant for $6,000 from the UCC’s Justice and Local Church Ministries. The funds will be used to support Unleashing Potential’s track record of academic and socio-emotional success, as well as to expand its Science, Technology, Engineering, Cultural Arts and Math (STEAM) programming.…

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St Louis Racial Healing + Justice Fund Awards One-Time Crisis Response Grants

By CHHSM-Member Ministry Contribution | January 12, 2023

The St. Louis Racial Healing + Justice Fund — co-created by CHHSM member Deaconess Foundation, Forward Through Ferguson, and Missouri Foundation for Health — announced in mid-December the distribution of five unrestricted, one-time crisis response grants of $16,000 each. The fund’s Community Governance Board (CGB) announced that the grants were awarded to The T/BRIC, Black Healers…

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Maturing through Selection, Elimination, and Emphasis

By CHHSM-Member Ministry Contribution | January 12, 2023

By the Rev. Kenneth Daniel, president and CEO of United Church Homes. Reprinted with permission from the Ruth Frost Parker Center for Abundant Living of United Church Homes’ blog. Within a week of starting a seminary internship in Minneapolis, I was packed into a van with a youth group on an adventure to Ghost Ranch,…

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EveryAge Foundation Receives $383,000 Legacy Gift

By CHHSM-Member Ministry Contribution | January 10, 2023

Catherine S. Smith was delighted to have spent 15 years as a resident at Abernethy Laurels, a continuing care community in Newton, N.C., and part of CHHSM member EveryAge‘s network of communities. Always sensitive to the needs of people less fortunate than herself, she was firm in her desire to direct a generous measure of…

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Florida UCC Church Finds Livestreaming is Attracting New People

By Guest Contributor | January 10, 2023

by Hans Holznagel. Reprinted with permission from UCC News. Jiajin Zhou was baptized Oct. 9 at a church she first attended virtually. That same day, five other people also joined Union Congregational United Church of Christ in West Palm Beach, Fla. Four of them, like Zhou, had found Union online. The fifth had found it…

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