Nollau Leadership Institute


By Jamar Doyle | June 14, 2022
Jamar Doyle

Recently I was at my cousin’s house for a visit. He’d been doing a fantastic job of restoring our grandparent’s home and he invited me over. I nearly declined because I was tired from work and just wanted to go home. But something told me to stop by anyway, and I’m glad I did. Once…

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CHHSM Forms New Diakonal Minister Affinity Group for Serving Leadership Graduates

By Barb Powell | April 11, 2022

The latest of the UCC Council for Health and Human Service Ministries’ (CHHSM) Affinity Groups kicks off April 19. The Diakonal Minister Affinity Group is open to all members of the Diakonal Minister Community — the alumni network of the Nollau Leadership Institute and its two predecessor programs, the Transformational Leadership Program and the Faith-Based…

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Worship, Keynotes, Workshops, Celebrations, Meeting In Person Highlight CHHSM Annual Gathering

By Barb Powell | March 16, 2022

From the introduction of the Rev. Dr. Alton B. Pollard III — president of Louisville Presbyterian Seminary — as opening keynoter to the Rev. Dr. Jamesetta Ferguson’s (MOLO Village) powerful words during the closing worship service, CHHSM’s 84th Annual Gathering was a time of reflection, celebration, healing, and looking ahead that left attendees praising its…

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Applications for Nollau Leadership Institute Class of 2022-2023 Now Open

By Barb Powell | February 11, 2022

The UCC’s Council for Health and Human Service Ministries has opened applications for the 2022-2023 class of its Nollau Leadership Institute. “The Nollau Leadership Institute is CHHSM’s signature leadership development program,” says the Rev. Dr. Elyse Berry, CHHSM’s associate for advocacy and leadership development. “We look forward to welcoming the new class as they grow…

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Registration Opens this Week for CHHSM’s 84th Annual Gathering, to be held in March 2022

By Barb Powell | December 13, 2021

Registration for CHHSM’s 84th Annual Gathering — to be held at the historic Brown Hotel in Louisville, Ky., March 8-10, 2022 — opens this week. Watch your email for the official announcement. This year’s Annual Gathering marks the first time a CHHSM corporate gathering has taken place in person since the COVID-19 pandemic caused stay-at-home…

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Inaugural Fellowship Proving Fruitful for UCC Fellow Essence Ellis and Her UCC Colleagues

By Barb Powell | December 13, 2021

In her first six months as the Council for Health and Human Service Ministries (CHHSM)/Justice and Local Church Ministries (JLCM) UCC Fellow, Essence Ellis has attended meetings, networked with a variety of UCC people across the denomination, worked with experts from various CHHSM member organizations, and found the time to author articles and resources for…

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Readinger to Retire in 2022; CHHSM Board to Begin Search in September

By Barb Powell | August 13, 2021

Michael J. Readinger, president and CEO of the United Church of Christ’s Council for Health and Human Service Ministries (CHHSM), has announced that he will retire in April 2022. The CHHSM Board has retained the services of the Equius Group in order to conduct a thorough and diverse search for the position. “I cannot express…

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In Atypical Year, 2020 Annual Report Focuses on Ways CHHSM and Its Member Adapt and Serve with ‘Justice and Grace — Together’

By Barb Powell | June 25, 2021

The UCC’s Council for Health and Human Service Ministries announced June 24 the release of its 2020 Annual Report. The online report centers on the responses of CHHSM and its member ministries to the dual public health crises of the past year: COVID-19 and systemic racism. The report is focused on the theme, “Justice and…

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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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Enrollment Open for CHHSM’s 2021-2022 Nollau Leadership Institute

By Barb Powell | April 21, 2021

The UCC’s Council for Health and Human Service Ministries has opened enrollment for the 2021-2022 class of its Nollau Leadership Institute. “After putting last year’s Nollau class on hold due to the pandemic, we are looking forward to bringing folks together again for this unique experience of leadership formation,” says the Rev. Dr. Elyse Berry,…

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