Diakonal Ministers

Closing Worship Renews Commitment to Working Together for Justice in Health and Human Service Ministries

By Barb Powell | March 17, 2023

After a week filled with meaningful worship, learning, networking, and reconnecting with colleagues and friends, attendees to CHHSM’s 85th Annual Gathering in Denver met for closing worship March 9 in the special space of the Denver Art Museum. Prior to the service beginning, Jamar Doyle, CHHSM’s president and CEO, thanked Archway Communities in Denver, one…

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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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Registration is Open for CHHSM Annual Gathering

By CHHSM Staff | December 16, 2022

Early-bird registration is now open for CHHSM’s 85th Annual Gathering, which takes place March 7-9, 2023, at the Hilton City Center in Denver. Together through Mountains and Valleys is the theme of the 85th Gathering. Attendees and presenters will reflect on the mountains and valleys that God has seen us through over the past several years and the ways that…

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Early-Bird Registration Opens Friday for CHHSM’s 85th Annual Gathering

By Barb Powell | December 13, 2022

Registration for CHHSM’s 85th Annual Gathering — to be held March 7-9, 2023, at the Hilton City Center in Denver — opens Friday, Dec. 16. Watch your email for the official announcement. Centering on the theme “Together through Mountains and Valleys,” the 2023 gathering takes its inspiration from the Isaiah 40:4-5 passage, “Every valley shall…

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Nollau Class Examines Courageous Cultures in Organizations During Second Retreat

By Barb Powell | November 11, 2022

The current class of CHHSM’s Nollau Leadership Institute held its second retreat Oct. 24-28 at Cedar Valley Retreat Center in West Bend, Wis. While the first retreat in June focused on personal leadership growth and experiences, this time, participants delved into organizational awareness and the ecosystem in which leadership exists. “Our workshops and exercises brought…

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Requests for Workshop Proposals Being Accepted for CHHSM Annual Gathering

By Barb Powell | October 20, 2022

The 85th Annual Gathering of the UCC Council for Health and Human Service Ministries takes place March 7-9, 2023, at the Hilton City Center in Denver. The theme for the gathering is “Together through Mountains and Valleys,” and uses Isaiah 40:4-5 as its inspiration: “Every valley shall be lifted up, and every mountain and hill…

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First Retreat Fills 2022-2023 Nollau Leadership Institute Class with Personal Leadership Discoveries

By Barb Powell | July 13, 2022

The newest class of CHHSM’s Nollau Leadership Institute began its year in retreat, held June 27-July 1 at the Cedar Valley Retreat Center in West Bend, Wis. The first of three retreats held during the year-long Institute, the June gathering focused on personal leadership growth and experiences. “During the retreat, we discussed not only what…

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CHHSM Forms New Diakonal Minister Affinity Group for Serving Leadership Graduates

By Barb Powell | April 11, 2022

The latest of the UCC Council for Health and Human Service Ministries’ (CHHSM) Affinity Groups kicks off April 19. The Diakonal Minister Affinity Group is open to all members of the Diakonal Minister Community — the alumni network of the Nollau Leadership Institute and its two predecessor programs, the Transformational Leadership Program and the Faith-Based…

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Registration Opens this Week for CHHSM’s 84th Annual Gathering, to be held in March 2022

By Barb Powell | December 13, 2021

Registration for CHHSM’s 84th Annual Gathering — to be held at the historic Brown Hotel in Louisville, Ky., March 8-10, 2022 — opens this week. Watch your email for the official announcement. This year’s Annual Gathering marks the first time a CHHSM corporate gathering has taken place in person since the COVID-19 pandemic caused stay-at-home…

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Enrollment Open for CHHSM’s 2021-2022 Nollau Leadership Institute

By Barb Powell | April 21, 2021

The UCC’s Council for Health and Human Service Ministries has opened enrollment for the 2021-2022 class of its Nollau Leadership Institute. “After putting last year’s Nollau class on hold due to the pandemic, we are looking forward to bringing folks together again for this unique experience of leadership formation,” says the Rev. Dr. Elyse Berry,…

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