Diakonal Ministers

Nollau Leadership Institute a Life-Changing Experience for Participants

By Barb Powell | April 11, 2024

Following the application deadline of April 30, a new class in CHHSM’s Nollau Leadership Institute will begin its year-long exploration of personal and professional leadership growth. For recent graduates of the program, one word sums up the experience: transformational. “‘With head and heart’ are words that penetrated my thoughts after joining the Nollau Leadership Institute,”…

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Early Bird Registration for CHHSM’s 86th Annual Gathering is Open!

By Barb Powell | December 14, 2023

Registration for CHHSM’s 86th Annual Gathering — to be held March 12-14, 2024, at the Live by Loews Hotel in St. Louis — opened Monday, Dec. 18. The hotel is located in downtown St. Louis’ Ballpark Village, adjacent to Busch Stadium and within walking distance of the new Arch riverfront, museums, and eateries. The theme…

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Nollau Leadership Institute: Walking Together in Faith

By Barb Powell | December 14, 2023

The participants in the 2023-2024 Nollau Leadership Institute class are two-thirds the way through their year-long experience, and starting to work on their final capstone projects, which will be displayed at CHHSM’s 86th Annual Gathering, March 12-14, 2024, in St. Louis. As with all Nollau classes, this year’s class is shaped by its retreats, held…

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Johnson-Javois, Wilson to Highlight Opening Events at CHHSM Annual Gathering

By Barb Powell | November 13, 2023

Inspiration will be the operative word during the opening events of the UCC Council for Health and Human Service Ministries Annual Gathering, to be held March 12-14, 2024, at the Live by Loews Hotel in St. Louis. On Tuesday morning, March 12, the Rev. Bethany Johnson-Javois, president and CEO of Deaconess Foundation in St. Louis,…

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Berry Authors Advent Worship Resources for UCC Christmas Fund Campaign

By Barb Powell | November 13, 2023

Among the many collaborations CHHSM and its member ministries form to further ministry is the special bond between CHHSM and its partners in the UCC’s national setting. One long-time partner of CHHSM is the UCC Pension Boards, a relationship that recently led to the creation of the annual UCC Christmas Fund materials. The Rev. Dr.…

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CHHSM Invites Workshop Proposals for 2024 Annual Gathering Focused on Collaboration and Innovation

By Barb Powell | September 13, 2023

Collaboration takes center stage at the 2024 CHHSM Annual Gathering to be held March 12-14, 2024, at the Live By Loews Hotel in St. Louis. “St. Louis is the perfect backdrop to our theme, ‘Collaboration as the Gateway to Innovation,’” said Jamar Doyle, president and CEO of CHHSM. “The wealth of CHHSM agencies present in…

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CHHSM Accepting Applications for Enrollment in the 2024-2025 Nollau Leadership Institute

By Barb Powell | August 11, 2023

The UCC’s Council for Health and Human Service Ministries has opened applications for enrollment for the 2024-2025 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 health and human service leaders within CHHSM members and the wider United Church…

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New Location, New Class Bring Renewed Energy to Nollau Leadership Institute

By Barb Powell | June 13, 2023

With much enthusiasm, the members of the 2023-2024 Nollau Leadership Institute met May 22-26 at Bellwether Farm in Wakeman, Ohio, for their first retreat of the year-long program. To say that people came away refreshed and grounded would be an understatement. “The biggest thing is we had to work on ourselves first,” said Melinda Love,…

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Enroll by April 28 To Be Part of Nollau’s Next Cohort

By Brian Browne | April 16, 2023

The Council for Health and Human Service Ministries (CHHSM) recognizes the importance of cultivating leaders in the realization of its mission to advance the work of the UCC’s health and human service ministries in creating a just, caring, and compassionate world. This belief is why, for more than 20 years, CHHSM has hosted a program…

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CHHSM’s 85th Annual Gathering Filled with Renewal, Justice, and Hope

By Barb Powell | March 17, 2023

Connection. If one word can sum up three days of worship, workshops, keynotes, meetings, and social gatherings, it’s connection — at least in terms of the 85th Annual Gathering of the UCC Council for Health and Human Service Ministries, themed “Together through Mountains and Valleys” and held March 7-9 in Denver. “The 85th Annual Gathering…

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