United Church of Christ’s Hoyleton Youth and Family Services works to prevent child sex trafficking

By Barb Powell | September 28, 2017

Groomed, flattered, tricked. Violated. Children as young as 8, as old as 17, often are easy marks for child sex and/or labor traffickers in the United States. And once trapped, the children can’t escape without help. In Illinois, United Church of Christ-related Hoyleton Youth and Family Services works with community and federal partners to help…

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United Church of Christ and German Partners find Common Ground in Health and Human Services

By Barb Powell | September 16, 2017

Representatives of two completely different systems of service in health and human service ministries came together for a week in Germany, exchanged ideas, and left inspired for the future. A seven-member delegation from the United Church of Christ’s Council for Health and Human Service Ministries met Sept. 6-13, 2017, with representatives from Diakonie Rheinland-Westfalen-Lippe (RWL),…

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From the President, September 2017

By Michael Readinger | September 16, 2017
Michael J. Readinger

As an unhealthy (in my world view) focus on nationalism has gained its hold on our nation politically, I am reminded how much we stand to gain by expanding our understanding of the practices and policies of our international peers and allies. Recent natural disaster activity reminds me of the importance of caring for our…

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UCC Disaster Ministries Offers Ways Respond to Harvey

By Guest Contributor | August 31, 2017

Donate PRINT & USE THE BULLETIN INSERT: NOW AVAILABLE! Harvey made landfall near Corpus Christi, Texas, on Friday, August 25 as a Category 4 hurricane with 130 mile per hour winds. The storm is causing widespread flooding and significant damage across southern Texas and Louisiana as the slow moving storm drops several feet of water throughout the region.…

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United Church of Christ’s Hoyleton Youth and Family Services Program Builds ‘Bridges of Hope’ in Southern Illinois

By Barb Powell | August 30, 2017

The United Church of Christ’s Hoyleton Youth and Family Services has a long history of helping to create a better world for the children and families it serves. But with increased violence and prejudice against communities of color, one of its programs — Puentes de Esperanza (Bridges of Hope) — has taken on heightened significance, especially among the swiftly-growing Latinx population in southwest Illinois.

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UCC’s Archway Housing and Services, Inc., constructs affordable housing in Colorado

By CHHSM-Member Ministry Contribution | August 7, 2017

The United Church of Christ’s Archway Housing and Services, Inc., a key mission affiliate of the Rocky Mountain Conference-UCC, is making noteworthy progress in in its efforts to construct and manage affordable housing units in Colorado. Established in 1995, by 2014 Archway had created and was operating six apartment communities containing 361 units in Metro…

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Serving Children Together at Every Child’s Hope

By CHHSM-Member Ministry Contribution | August 1, 2017

Starting in April, Faith Community Nurses Jill Randall, R.N., and Stacey Lovelace began new ventures in their careers by working with children and teenagers at Every Child’s Hope (ECH). Their work began when Deaconess Nurse Ministry (DNM) developed a partnership with ECH, a nonprofit caring ministry for more than 1,000 vulnerable children throughout Missouri, to…

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UCC General Synod overwhelmingly passes CHHSM-sponsored resolution on gun violence

By Barb Powell | July 4, 2017

After 30 minutes of deliberation, delegates to the United Church of Christ’s 31st General Synod tonight (July 3) passed a Resolution of Witness calling for research into gun violence and declaring gun violence a public health emergency. The resolution, sponsored by the UCC’s Council for Health and Human Service Ministries, passed with a 97 percent…

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