General Synod

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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CHHSM Annual Gathering to Feature Workshops, Presentations and Activities to Hold ‘Justice and Grace — Together’

By Barb Powell | December 10, 2019

Together, members of the United Church of Christ’s Council for Health and Human Service Ministries work hard to create a just, caring, and compassionate world. To that end, CHHSM’s 82nd Annual Gathering — which takes place March 3-5, 2020, in Memphis, Tenn. — will focus on justice, and ways CHHSM ministries in health and human…

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CHHSM-Sponsored Synod Resolution Aims to Increase Awareness and Heighten Activism about the Opioid Crisis

By Barb Powell | June 12, 2019

Each day, in UCC churches across the country, pastors and lay leaders serve their congregations and communities. Often, that service includes helping neighbors and family members deal with the effects of the current opioid crisis. To help shed additional light on the crisis and paths for treatment and solutions, the UCC Council for Health and…

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Human Rights Activist Ruby Sales to deliver Valerie Russell Lecture at UCC’s General Synod

By Barb Powell | June 12, 2019

Ruby Sales, the nationally-known human rights advocate who participated in the three historic Selma-to-Montgomery Civil Rights marches, will deliver the Valerie Russell Lecture at 12 noon Saturday, June 22, during the UCC’s 32nd General Synod in Milwaukee, Wis. Co-sponsored by CHHSM and the UCC’s Justice and Local Church Ministries, the lecture honors the leadership and…

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Pray and ACT: Gun Violence is a Public Health Emergency!

By CHHSM Staff | November 6, 2017

The Rev. Danielle K. Bartz, CHHSM’s associate for leadership and advocacy, has issued an action alert on behalf of CHHSM, calling on UCC members to pray and act following the the shooting Nov. 5 at First Baptist Church in Sutherland, Texas. The alert asks church members to send a letter to their Congress person(s), asking…

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UCC General Synod overwhelmingly passes CHHSM-sponsored resolution on gun violence

By Barb Powell | July 4, 2017

After 30 minutes of deliberation, delegates to the United Church of Christ’s 31st General Synod tonight (July 3) passed a Resolution of Witness calling for research into gun violence and declaring gun violence a public health emergency. The resolution, sponsored by the UCC’s Council for Health and Human Service Ministries, passed with a 97 percent…

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CHHSM-sponsored Valerie Russell Lecture to Address Racism in Church and Society

By Barb Powell | June 10, 2017

To emphasize its role as an advocate for social justice, the United Church of Christ’s Council for Health and Human Service Ministries is co-sponsoring the Valerie Russell Lecture, a key event at the UCC’s biennial General Synod, to be held June 30-July 4 in Baltimore, Md. The free lecture, planned by the UCC’s Justice and…

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