LeadingAge: Urge Senate to Take Action for Affordable Senior Housing Funding

By Guest Contributor | July 25, 2019

The Senate will consider a fiscal year 2020 HUD funding bill soon after August’s congressional recess. Senators need to hear that funding to expand the supply of affordable housing through HUD’s successful Section 202 program is critical. Today, only 1 of every 3 older adults eligible for housing assistance receives it because programs are too…

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UCC Justice and Peace Action Network Urges: Denounce Proposal for Zero Refugees in Fiscal Year 2020

By Guest Contributor | July 25, 2019

Over the past several years, the number of refugees that the United States has resettled has dropped drastically, from more than 80,000 in 2016 to just over 20,000 last year. Reports have now surfaced that some administration officials are proposing that the U.S. resettle zero refugees in 2020 — all during the worst refugee crisis in world…

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Volunteer Finds Family at UCC-Related Cherry Arbors

By CHHSM-Member Ministry Contribution | July 23, 2019

By Alissa Paolella Rhonda Farley was tired to the bone. She had spent the past several years waking at 4 a.m. daily to help care for her aging mother. With the assistance of her grown son, Rhonda was providing around-the-clock care for her mother, Georgena, who was experiencing the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease. But…

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Older Adults, Chinese Immersion Students Benefit from Special Summer Program at UCC-related Greencastle of Barrington

By Barb Powell | July 10, 2019

At Greencastle of Barrington (Ill.) — an Embrace Living Communities affordable older adult community — residents participate in many intergenerational and community programs. But none are as unique as its current partnership with the Barrington Chinese Immersion Council (BCIC). Over the course of the summer months, the BCIC Chinese Culture Club is meeting at Greencastle,…

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A Religion of the Heart and the Hands

By Guest Contributor | July 8, 2019

The Rev. John H. Thomas, former UCC general minister and president and retired Chicago Theological Seminary faculty member, recently lifted up the work of UCC predecessors  — now part of CHHSM — during a sermon on Luke 24:13-16,28-31 at Epiphany UCC in Chicago. These are his words, reprinted with permission: The women and men who…

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Presenting Sponsorship of Synod Offers Unique Avenue for Furthering CHHSM Members’ Mission and Ministry

By Barb Powell | July 6, 2019

Part family reunion, part education and information session, part network building … and a lot of fun and hard work. These sentiments express the overall reaction of CHHSM members participating in CHHSM’s first-ever presenting sponsorship of the UCC’s General Synod, held June 21-25 in Milwaukee, Wis. As presenting sponsor, CHHSM’s Synod presence helped introduce the…

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Readinger’s Poignant Reminder of UCC History Brings Successful Conclusion to CHHSM’s Synod Role

By Barb Powell | June 25, 2019

The UCC’s Council for Health and Human Service Ministries concluded a successful General Synod today (June 25) by honoring two special anniversaries: the UCC itself, and the ordination of the Rev. William R. Johnson, the first openly gay man ordained by a mainline Protestant church in the modern era. Johnson was ordained into Christian ministry…

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From LeadingAge: Urge Congress to Expand Section 202 Funding

By Guest Contributor | June 18, 2019

CHHSM received this alert from LeadingAge, the trusted advocacy voice for aging, encouraging people to urge Congressional leaders to expand funding for Section 202 funding. The Issue: Congress has begun its work on the fiscal year 2020 HUD funding bill. With long waiting lists for housing assistance and only 1 of every 3 eligible older…

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Plans to Action

By Guest Contributor | June 15, 2019

By David Waltemeyer, Chair, CHHSM Board It says in James 1 to be doers of the word and not hearers only. Conversely, when questioned by the religious leaders of his day, Jesus himself replied that the two greatest commandments, if followed, would fulfill all the commandments: we are to love God and we are to…

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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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