General Synod

CHHSM’s Impact at UCC General Synod Helps Make All Things New

By Barb Powell | July 13, 2023

The United Church of Christ’s 34th General Synod, held June 30-July 4 in Indianapolis, brought church members together from across the country to celebrate the call of God — based on Isaiah 43 — to make all things new. And the UCC Council for Health and Human Service Ministries was integral to the entire event.…

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Doyle’s Opening Sermon at General Synod Fills Attendees with Power of Hope

By Barb Powell | July 13, 2023

The United Church of Christ’s 34th General Synod opened Friday, June 30, in Indianapolis with worship, and key to the service was the sermon delivered by Jamar Doyle, president and CEO of the UCC Council for Health and Human Service Ministries. In keeping with the theme of General Synod, “Making All Things New,” based on…

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Flag’s Closing Sermon at General Synod: Transformation is the Work of Revolution

By Barb Powell | July 13, 2023

Taking the UCC General Synod theme “Making All Things New” to a deeper level, CHHSM Board Member the Rev. Dr. JJ Flag delivered the sermon at the closing worship of the June 30-July 4 event in Indianapolis by exploring the concept of transformation as revolution. The sermon, delivered the evening of July 4, was preceded…

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Celebrating the Return of Fellowship at General Synod

By Jamar Doyle | June 13, 2023

The past few years have been a period of immense challenge and adaptation for all of us. As we navigated the uncharted waters of a world grappling with a global health crisis, we learned to lean on the strength of our faith and the power of our interconnectedness, even when we couldn’t physically be together.…

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CHHSM Brings Multitude of Gifts to UCC General Synod this Summer

By Barb Powell | June 13, 2023

Beginning with the opening worship and concluding with closing worship, the UCC’s General Synod — which takes place June 30-July 4 in Indianapolis — will feature many of the gifts of the Council for Health and Human Service Ministries (CHHSM) and its members. The theme of this year’s Synod is “Making All Things New,” based…

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Opening, Closing Preachers at UCC 2023 General Synod to Bring CHHSM Message of Love at the Intersections

By CHHSM Staff | December 13, 2022

The UCC Council for Health and Human Service Ministries (CHHSM) has a rare opportunity to bring its message of building a just, compassionate and equitable world directly to the hearts and minds of UCC members, thanks to the UCC’s 2023 General Synod next summer in Indianapolis. Jamar Doyle, president and CEO of CHHSM, and the…

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CHHSM Board Member JJ Flag to Bring a Word from ‘the Intersections’ to UCC Synod Closing Worship

By Guest Contributor | December 5, 2022

by Hans Holznagel. Reprinted with permission from UCC News. The day is still months away, but the Rev. Dr. JJ Flag said the thought of preaching at the closing worship service of the United Church of Christ’s 2023 General Synod already makes him a little nervous. “I don’t know that I have settled on a…

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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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