UCC’s Franklinton Center at Bricks Provides Food in the Desert, and for the Soul, in Rural North Carolina

By Barb Powell | November 22, 2017

A casual tourist might not regard the lush green foliage and landscape of Whitakers, N.C., as a desert, but the area — home to the United Church of Christ’s Franklinton Center at Bricks — is the second largest food desert in the United States. It also is located in Edgecombe County, one of the poorest…

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United Church Homes to Sponsor Local Broadcast of NBC’s ‘A Journey Through Alzheimer’s’ Dec. 8

By CHHSM-Member Ministry Contribution | November 20, 2017

United Church Homes will co-sponsor a one-hour television special Dec. 8 to raise awareness and to support individuals and families dealing with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. I Want to Go Home; A Journey Through Alzheimer’s, hosted by WCMH-TV (NBC4) anchor Colleen Marshall, began in 2008 when her mother was battling the disease. Colleen’s mother died…

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Polar Peace Marchers Advocate, Raise Funds for United Church of Christ’s UCAN

By Barb Powell | November 10, 2017

This coming January, a different sort of march takes place in Chicago that not only honors the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., but supports efforts to end gun violence in the city. The Polar Peace March takes place Jan. 18, 2018, from 4 to 6 p.m. Founded four years ago by UCAN — a United…

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Proposed Tax Bill Will Impact Nonprofits’ Ability to Expand Facilities and Services

By CHHSM Staff | November 6, 2017

Three leading voices in nonprofit finance, education and advocacy have voiced opposition to a portion of the proposed tax bill that would negatively impact health care and humans service ministries. If the bill passes as presented, nonprofits will lose access to the tax-exempt market at the end of the year. “This will be a significant…

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United Church of Christ’s Retirement Housing Foundation Sends More than $100,000 to Disaster Ministries for Hurricane Relief

By CHHSM-Member Ministry Contribution | November 4, 2017

Retirement Housing Foundation (RHF) has sent a check for $106,652.93 to United Church of Christ’s Disaster Ministries in response to this year’s devastating hurricane activity. As previously announced, RHF’s Board of Directors agreed to partner with the United Church of Christ’s Emergency USA Fund for Hurricane Harvey Relief, a special fund designated to specifically help…

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CHHSM Exec Signs on to United Church of Christ Petition to Save Health Care Subsidies

By CHHSM Staff | October 26, 2017

In response to an appeal by the United Church of Christ’s Justice and Peace Network, Michael J. Readinger, president and CEO of CHHSM, today signed on to the network’s petition to save health care subsidies. The petition, sent in the form of a network Take Action Alert, calls for UCC members to voice support in…

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New Practical Toolkit Helps Faith and Community Leaders Face Opioid Epidemic

By CHHSM Staff | October 25, 2017

A new toolkit for faith and community leaders recently was unveiled by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Service, part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The toolkit, “Hope & Healing: A practical toolkit for faith and community leaders in the face of the opioid epidemic,” was announced during a National Faith…

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United Church of Christ-Affiliated Back Bay Mission Builds Bridges Out of Poverty

By Barb Powell | October 20, 2017

The United Church of Christ-affiliated Back Bay Mission has long focused on helping people out of poverty. This year, its Bridges Out of Poverty program is getting an additional boost from the Mission’s Client Sustainability Campaign, a fundraising effort to open up additional avenues of success for Mission clients. “The response [to the campaign] —…

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Servant Leadership: Nollau

By Michael Readinger | October 12, 2017
Michael J. Readinger

During the last week of September, I was blessed to spend three days in St. Louis with the Nollau Institute class of 2017-2018 and my faculty teammates. It was an inspirational time of didactic and experiential learning, sharing of celebrations, opportunities and best practices. We dined, prayed, laughed and cried together. We encouraged, supported and…

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United Church of Christ’s EdenHill Communities Answer Call to Serve in Aftermath of Harvey

By Barb Powell | October 1, 2017

As the relief work and rebuilding from Hurricane Harvey continues, the United Church of Christ’s EdenHill Communities of New Braunfels, Texas, has volunteered to serve as a collection site for donated items. In Texas since 1910, EdenHill — formerly Eden Home, Inc. — has long had a strong connection to the community. “When we were…

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