Justice and Witness Ministries

‘I Will Remember Being Held’: Essence Ellis Reflects on Her Year as UCC Fellow

By Barb Powell | June 13, 2022

As her year-long experience of being the inaugural UCC Fellow with the UCC’s Council for Health and Human Service Ministries (CHHSM) and Justice and Local Church Ministries (JLCM) comes to an end, Essence Ellis is in a unique position to reflect. Not only has her year as UCC Fellow taken her in unexpected, rewarding directions,…

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Hundreds Arrested in D.C. as Poor People’s Campaign presses for voting rights, $15 minimum wage

By Guest Contributor | August 4, 2021

By Connie Larkman, UCC News. This story originally appeared in the Aug. 3 e-blast of UCC News. Reprinted with permission. “When you lift from the bottom, everybody rises.” With that message, the Poor People’s Campaign brought public pressure for change to Washington, D.C., on Monday. The peaceful protest for voting rights and a living wage…

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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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Former CHHSM Scholar Essence Ellis Awarded One-Year CHHSM and JLCM United Church of Christ Fellowship

By Barb Powell | June 11, 2021

Former CHHSM Scholar Essence Ellis has been named the first-ever recipient of the CHHSM & JLCM United Church of Christ Fellowship. The program was created by CHHSM and the UCC’s Justice and Local Church Ministries (JLCM) to prepare the fellow to become a leader working at the intersections of theology, public health, racial justice, gender…

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UCC’s Justice and Witness Ministries Urges Members to Call on Congress to Condemn Anti-Asian Sentiment and Racism

By Barb Powell | March 23, 2021

The UCC’s Justice and Witness Ministries (JWM) office, located in Washington, D.C., issued an action alert Monday (March 22), urging UCC members to contact their Congressional representatives and urge them to condemn racist attacks and classify them as hate crimes. “The surge of anti-Asian discrimination towards our Asian American and Pacific Island neighbors from the…

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Disability Justice is Focus of August Be A Voice Advocacy Toolkit

By Barb Powell | August 14, 2020

One historic outreach within the UCC’s Council for Health and Human Service Ministries is providing services to and advocating with and for persons with disabilities. And, as the August installment of the Be A Voice Health and Human Services Advocacy Toolkit — produced by CHHSM and the UCC’s Justice and Witness Ministries office in Washington,…

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CHHSM Releases Video on Historic “If It Weren’t for the Women” Panel Discussion

By Barb Powell | July 13, 2020

The UCC’s Council for Health and Human Service Ministries has released a 45-minute video featuring women justice leaders exploring how they were shaped and supported in their emergence as leaders in response to racism, sexism, and heterosexism. If It Weren’t for the Women is based on the historic panel discussion of the same name featuring…

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Advocates Called to Stay Connected

By Guest Contributor | March 24, 2020

From Sandy Sorensen, Director, D.C. Office, United Church of Christ. Reprinted with permission. Visit CHHSM’s Advocacy page for more resources. Dear Advocates, Like you, we in the D.C. office are concerned about the impact of COVID-19 on our community and congregations. Although we are not working from our office next to the Capitol, we are…

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Be A Voice Toolkit Installment Focuses on Affordable Housing and Homelessness Advocacy

By Barb Powell | March 13, 2020

The dire need for affordable housing for families and older adults exists in every city and town in the United States. Many CHHSM organizations provide affordable housing in their communities, but what they are able to offer pales in comparison to the need. The experiences of UCC-related Retirement Housing Foundation (RHF), headquartered in Long Beach,…

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Be A Voice Toolkit Offers Focused Resources to Help Congregations and CHHSM Members Find Nonpartisan Ways to Work Towards Health Care Justice

By Barb Powell | February 12, 2020

As an extension of its new advocacy partnership, the UCC’s Justice and Witness Ministries (JWM) and Council for Health and Human Service Ministries (CHHSM) have released the first installment — Health Care for All — of the Be A Voice Health and Human Service Toolkit. The toolkit, with links to both JWM and CHHSM web…

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