General Synod

CHHSM’s Berry to Address Living Water Association Event on Racism as a Public Health Crisis

By CHHSM Staff | September 15, 2021

The Living Water Association, Ohio NorthEast of the Heartland Conference of the United Church of Christ is hosting an online presentation and panel discussion on racism as a public health crisis Saturday, Oct. 9, 2021, from 1:30 to 4 p.m. “Beyond Declarations: Responding to Racism as a Public Health Crisis” will be held in collaboration…

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Together, We are the Church on the Move

By Michael Readinger | July 19, 2021

The United Church of Christ meets every other year at General Synod to conduct its business. At this year’s recently concluded Synod, there were elections, resolutions of witness, prudential resolutions, speak outs, worship services and music, optional events, educational intensives, implementation conversations, hearings, and much more. But there were no cookies this year! There were…

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In Countless Ways, CHHSM’s Presence Adds to Richness of General Synod Experience

By Barb Powell | July 19, 2021

The UCC’s Council for Health and Human Service Ministries (CHHSM) played an important role throughout the denomination’s Thirty-Third General Synod, which closed Sunday evening, July 18. Sometimes prominent and sometimes behind the scenes, CHHSM’s presence and advocacy for health equity remained at the forefront of many Synod-related conversations — beginning with a Resolution of Witness…

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CHHSM/COREM Resolution Opens UCC General Synod with Powerful Statement on Racism as a Public Health Crisis

By Barb Powell | July 12, 2021

A highlight of the July 11 opening plenary session of the United Church of Christ’s Thirty-Third General Synod — taking place virtually through July 18 — was the presentation, discussion and vote on a powerful resolution aimed at examining societal systemic racism through the lens of public health. Delegates overwhelmingly approved “A Resolution to Declare…

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‘Transforming the Overdose Crisis’ Workshop Provides Meaningful Start to CHHSM’s General Synod Activities

By Barb Powell | July 11, 2021

The UCC’S Council for Health and Human Service Ministries kicked off its involvement in the denomination’s General Synod 33, being held virtually July 11-18, participating in a workshop for delegates on “Transforming the Overdose Crisis: Creating Communities and Congregations of Care.” The workshop, taped live July 8, was presented by the UCC’s Overdose and Drug…

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Year-in-Review: CHHSM Board Examines Work on Race, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion with Eye on Future Actions

By Barb Powell | June 14, 2021

The CHHSM Board of Directors, meeting online June 7-9, focused a large portion of its meeting reviewing the commitments made by the Board, staff, and members in the June 2020 statement on the pandemic of systemic racism. At the top of the list was the final report of the organization’s recently completed Race, Diversity, Equity,…

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CHHSM Synod Resolution on Racism is the Latest in its Tradition of Public Health Advocacy

By Barb Powell | April 12, 2021

This summer, the Council for Health and Human Service Ministries (CHHSM) and Council on Racial and Ethnic Ministries (COREM) are bringing a Resolution of Witness to the 33rd General Synod of the United Church of Christ, calling on the church to declare and respond to racism as a public health crisis. The resolution calls the…

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Internal and Global Resolutions, Bylaw Changes, on Docket for UCC General Synod

By Guest Contributor | March 24, 2021

By Hans Holznagel. This article is reprinted with permission from UCC News. This summer’s General Synod will vote on a resolution brought by CHHSM declaring racism a public health crisis. Delegates to the United Church of Christ’s General Synod this summer will have a wide variety of subjects to consider. Among them: A just peace…

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UCC General Synod to Feature Leaders of Sojourners and ‘Revolutionary Love’ Movement as Keynoters

By Guest Contributor | March 11, 2021

By Hans Holznagel. Reprinted with permission from UCC News. Two leaders at the crossroads of faith and justice will keynote the 2021 national meeting of the United Church of Christ. Valarie Kaur — who draws on her Sikh faith and culture as a filmmaker, civil rights lawyer and activist — leads the Revolutionary Love Project,…

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CHHSM and COREM Submit Resolution to the UCC General Synod Declaring Racism a Public Health Crisis

By Barb Powell | January 5, 2021

The UCC’s Council for Health and Human Service Ministries (CHHSM), in collaboration with the UCC’s Council for Racial and Ethnic Ministries (COREM), has submitted “A Resolution to Declare and Respond to Racism as a Public Health Crisis” for consideration at the denomination’s Thirty-Third General Synod in July 2021. “The upcoming General Synod is an opportunity…

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