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United Church of Christ Leader Sickened by Supreme Court Decision Upholding Muslim Ban

By Barb Powell | June 26, 2018

The Rev. John C. Dorhauer, general minister and president of the United Church of Christ, today (June 26) responded on Facebook to the 5-4 Supreme Court decision upholding President Trump’s travel ban policy. “We incarcerate or kill black and brown bodies at will and with full impunity. We erect Muslim bans, build walls … and…

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Two Legislators Name Peppermint Ridge a California Nonprofit of the Year

By Barb Powell | June 25, 2018

Peppermint Ridge — a United Church of Christ-affiliated organization based in Corona, Calif., that serves persons with disabilities — was recognized June 6 as a California Nonprofit of the Year. But at the award ceremony, The Ridge was first, and unique, among equals. Two of the region’s legislators — Sen. Richard Roth (D-Calif.) and Assembly…

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Strengthening the Ties that Bind: CHHSM Affinity Groups Foster Innovative Connections

By Barb Powell | June 11, 2018

One hallmark of the UCC’s Council for Health and Human Service Ministries is the extent to which its members offer support to, with, and for one another — both professionally and personally. And CHHSM’s established Affinity Groups provide the vehicle for this relationship-building among member ministries. “Affinity Groups meet either quarterly or semiannually,” says Mary…

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Nollau Institute Participants Find Perspectives Changed Through Classmates

By Barb Powell | June 8, 2018

With the first of three retreats completed, CHHSM’s 2018-2019 Nollau Institute participants are well on their way to discerning what servant leadership means to them in their lives and careers. Already, this year’s class has come away with new insights and several surprises. For Linda Dailey, executive director of United Church Homes’ Glenwood Retirement Community…

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‘In Their Own Words’ — a Labor of Love for UCC’s Retirement Housing Foundation that Keeps Giving

By Barb Powell | June 6, 2018

“I now have a home, not just an apartment.” That phrase sums up Frankie Corrella’s experience at Anciano Tower, a UCC Retirement Housing Foundation community in Montrose, Colo. Corrella’s reflections comprise one of many offered by residents, volunteers and staff from RHF communities across the country in the publication In Their Own Words. Though published…

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Amid Homelessness, Two Find United Church Homes’ Brownstone Terrace

By CHHSM-Member Ministry Contribution | May 22, 2018

Caroline Smothers and Sandy Crane have been down similar roads in life, but only one led them both to United Church Homes. Caroline and Sandy both experienced homelessness before moving to Brownstone Terrace, a United Church Homes affordable housing community in Marion, Ohio. Sandy slept overnight in parks for three months, while Caroline bounced from…

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Creating a Movement

By Michael Readinger | May 14, 2018
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There is a season, turn, turn, turn. — Pete Seeger It looks like summer is finally here in the Midwest. May days will soon lead to June, July and August. As I am writing this, we have an upper 80-degree day with sunny skies! For some odd reason, Peter Seeger’s lyrics from The Byrds’ 1965…

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‘Hotel of the Stars’ Finds New Purpose as United Church of Christ Affordable Housing Community

By Barb Powell | May 10, 2018

It’s not every day that residents of an older adult community can say they live in a building once frequented by the rich and famous. But then, LaFontaine Center in Huntington, Ind., isn’t your everyday place. Built in 1925, the former LaFontaine Hotel was a hot destination spot for movie stars and jet set clientele,…

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Walking the Talk: United Church Homes earns Platinum Certification in SAGECare, Competency Training for Serving Older LGBTQ Community

By Barb Powell | May 7, 2018

For United Church Homes, its recent Platinum Certification in SAGECare — a cultural competency training program for organizations serving older adults — is all part of its larger vision and mission of creating abundant life in community. In 2012, the UCH Board of Directors voted to become Open and Affirming, a designation within the United…

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Despite Obstacles, UCC’s Retirement Housing Foundation Makes Green Affordable Housing a Priority

By Barb Powell | May 1, 2018

The United Church of Christ’s Retirement Housing Foundation, based in Long Beach, Calif., takes seriously its dual commitments to affordable housing and being good stewards of creation. Its Sonata at Riverpark is just one example of RHF’s ministry at work. Opened in 2016, Sonata at Riverpark is a 52-unit, tax credit community for low-income families…

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