CHHSM/JLCM Reproductive Justice Toolkits Offer Tangible Ways to Advocate for Women’s Rights

By Barb Powell | July 13, 2022

In the wake of the Supreme Court’s Dobbs decision overturning Roe v. Wade, the UCC’s Reproductive Justice Working Group has released a Reproductive Justice Messaging Toolkit, which includes five state-specific toolkits for areas with extreme or trigger laws that have been enacted following the Supreme Court decision. Key in the production of the toolkits has…

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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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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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CHHSM, JWM Advocacy Alerts: Medicaid Waivers Threaten Health Care Coverage for Millions

By Barb Powell | February 7, 2020

The UCC’s Council for Health and Human Service Ministries and Justice and Witness Ministries today (Feb. 7) sent alerts imploring CHHSM members and UCC members to take action to prevent a loss of health care coverage for vulnerable populations. On Jan. 30, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced a plan that would…

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UCC’s Justice and Witness Ministries and CHHSM Partner to ‘Be A Voice 2020’ for Health Care Policy Advocacy

By Barb Powell | January 13, 2020

A new election-year partnership between the UCC’s Council for Health and Human Service Ministries (CHHSM) and Justice and Witness Ministries (JWM) will help define and give voice to the stories that shape UCC efforts for a just and compassionate world. “Our CHHSM agencies and organizations, and the communities they serve, are the first to experience…

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The Intersection of Faith, Healing and Public Policy Advocacy

By Guest Contributor | December 13, 2017

By Sandy Sorensen, Director, Washington Office, United Church of Christ, Justice and Witness Ministries; CHHSM Board Member Healing and public policy advocacy go hand-in-hand. That may seem to be a surprising combination to many people, but after years of working as a faith-based public policy advocate for the UCC, I have found it to be…

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What are you waiting for?

By Michael Readinger | December 13, 2017
Michael J. Readinger

Maybe it’s me just getting older, but recently I find myself thinking of all the things I have to do — NOW! Of course, it’s only natural for me to then want everyone to march to the same tune as me so that I don’t have to wait for others to catch up. And then…

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Russell Lecture: Racism as a factor in health care disparities: We need to move people ‘away from the cliff’

By Drew Page | July 2, 2017

Describing disparities in access to health care in this country, Dr. Camara Phyllis Jones described how many people “fall off a cliff” as she delivered General Synod’s Valerie E. Russell Lecture to a full house Saturday afternoon, July 1. Jones, a family physician and epidemiologist whose work focuses on the impacts of racism on the…

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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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