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Davis Named CHHSM’s Engagement Coordinator

By Barb Powell | February 13, 2024

The UCC Council for Health and Human Service Ministries (CHHSM) has selected Zaria Davis, D.S.W., M.Div., as its new engagement coordinator. She began in her new role Feb. 1, 2024. Davis is a former CHHSM Rev. Jerry Paul Scholar (2022-2023) and current member of CHHSM’s first-ever Emerging Leadership Cohort. “We are thrilled to welcome Dr.…

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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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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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Local Program Brings New Meaning to ‘Farm to Table’ for Isaiah 58 Ministries

By CHHSM-Member Ministry Contribution | November 13, 2023

Now when you reap the harvest of your land, you shall not reap to the very corners of your field, nor shall you gather the gleanings of your harvest. Nor shall you glean your vineyard, nor shall you gather the fallen fruit of your vineyard; you shall leave them for the needy and for the stranger.…

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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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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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CHHSM Creates Special Emerging Leadership Cohort for Rev. Jerry Paul Scholar Finalists

By Barb Powell | June 13, 2023

A rare juxtaposition of events has created an innovative blessing for the UCC’s Council for Health and Human Service Ministries and the finalists for its Rev. Jerry Paul Scholar Program, or CHHSM Scholar Program. Beginning this summer, and through the 2023-2024 academic year, the three finalists for the CHHSM Scholar Program will form a one-year…

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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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CHHSM’s Virtual Annual Gathering a Success, Thanks to Active Participation, a Seamless Online Platform, and Incredible Presentations

By Barb Powell | March 11, 2021

Inspirational, motivational, soul-feeding … and just plain fun. These are some of the words used by attendees to describe the recently concluded 83rd Annual Gathering of the UCC’s Council for Health and Human Service Ministries, held virtually March 2-4, 2021. Attendance records were shattered at the three-day event: some 335 CHHSM members and friends registered…

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To Save, Not Just Serve: Keynoter Baker Challenges CHHSM Members to Increased Activism in Annual Gathering’s Closing Plenary

By Barb Powell | March 11, 2021

In a keynote address punctuated with a call to self-examination and implementation of change, the Rev. Dr. Dietra Wise Baker — director of contextual education at UCC-related Eden Theological Seminary in Webster Groves, Mo. — urged attendees to CHHSM’s 83rd Annual Gathering to return to their ministries prepared to find new ways to transform lives.…

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