In June, the CHHSM Board and Staff released a letter in response to the pandemic of systemic racism. In the past 30 days we have been laying the groundwork for implementation of the action steps that we committed to taking. A letter is important, but actions speak louder than words and it is time to…

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Michael J. Readinger

During the last week of September, I was blessed to spend three days in St. Louis with the Nollau Institute class of 2017-2018 and my faculty teammates. It was an inspirational time of didactic and experiential learning, sharing of celebrations, opportunities and best practices. We dined, prayed, laughed and cried together. We encouraged, supported and…

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Michael J. Readinger

As summer approaches and our UCC minds start to focus on Conference Annual Meetings and the 2017 General Synod in Baltimore, I am compelled to ask you to consider participating in the UCC initiative “Three Great Loves.”  While there are many things we all love, this is the time where we are called to set…

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Michael J. Readinger

The CHHSM board and staff are gearing up for a series of meetings by phone this spring and in person at our June board meeting to continue implementing our strategic plan. Some of these initiatives are a continuation of the goals we set over the last couple of years, while some are new ideas that…

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Michael J. Readinger

Growth comes in many forms – from enhanced or new services to revenue. Bottom line: It’s important, even for nonprofits. That’s the message Lisa McCracken, Ziegler’s senior vice president of senior living research and development, wants to share during CHHSM’s annual meeting March 2-4 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Founded in 1902, Ziegler Investment Banking specializes in…

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Michael J. Readinger

As our country, our society, our political parties and the whole world move out of a hugely divisive election cycle and into a new administration in Washington DC, let’s take some time away while we gather in Milwaukee for the 79th CHHSM Annual Meeting. This year’s theme, “Our Bold Vision in Word and Deed,” will offer…

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Michael J. Readinger

As the new year unfolds, people often sit down and write resolutions for improving themselves in the year ahead. Likewise, organizations use various forms of strategic planning to frame their work. At the November 2016 CHHSM board meeting, our team of staff and volunteer leaders began crafting a strategic road map of the route we…

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Michael J. Readinger

Advent is a time of waiting, quietness and hoping for the unexpected. It’s a time of anticipation, as well as a celebration of the joy, peace, hope, love and promises of our God who came to dwell among us. How much of that joy, hope, peace and love did the marginalized experience in their struggle…

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Michael J. Readinger

As you read this issue of Diakonie, the CHHSM board is on its way to Cleveland to meet for the final time in 2015. This meeting is an important one for the life of our shared ministry. We will perform all of the regular fiduciary functions, hold an important education session, do some generative work…

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