Rev. Jerry Paul Scholar

‘I Will Remember Being Held’: Essence Ellis Reflects on Her Year as UCC Fellow

By Barb Powell | June 13, 2022

As her year-long experience of being the inaugural UCC Fellow with the UCC’s Council for Health and Human Service Ministries (CHHSM) and Justice and Local Church Ministries (JLCM) comes to an end, Essence Ellis is in a unique position to reflect. Not only has her year as UCC Fellow taken her in unexpected, rewarding directions,…

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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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Registration is Open for the 2021 CHHSM 83rd Annual Gathering, to be Held Virtually and Free of Charge

By Barb Powell | January 13, 2021

Registration for CHHSM’s 2021 Annual Gathering, to be held virtually March 2-4, opens today and is free for all who wish to attend. In lieu of a fee, registrants will have the option to help support the work of CHHSM in leadership formation and racial equity and inclusion. “Due to the extraordinary circumstances this year,…

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CHHSM Annual Gathering Sponsors Step Up to Help Support Once-in-a-Lifetime Free Event

By Barb Powell | January 13, 2021

The 2021 Annual Gathering, to be held virtually March 2-4, promises to be an interactive, informative, and inspirational three days, thanks to participants, presenters, and the host of event sponsors who are helping to make the Gathering a success. The sponsors are helping to make it possible, in lieu of a registration fee, for attendees…

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CHHSM Annual Report Highlights Member Ministries ‘Making a Difference Together’

By Barb Powell | June 24, 2020

Member organizations’ accomplishments are among the many highlights contained in “Making a Difference Together,” the 2019 Annual Report from the UCC’s Council for Health and Human Service Ministries. Released June 24, the report is available online, and offers inspirational stories from CHHSM members across the United States, which point to flourishing ministries in their own…

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Essence L. Ellis Named CHHSM’s Rev. Jerry Paul Scholar

By Barb Powell | October 31, 2019

The UCC’s Council for Health and Human Service Ministries announced today (Oct. 29) that Essence L. Ellis, a seminary student at Yale Divinity School in New Haven, Conn., has been named its new Rev. Jerry Paul Scholar. “We are thrilled to welcome Essence to the CHHSM family,” says Michael J. Readinger, CHHSM president and CEO.…

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CHHSM Scholar Experience Provides Valuable Insights that Help Discern Seminarians’ Call to Ministry

By Barb Powell | August 8, 2019

The UCC’s Council for Health and Human Service Ministries is searching for its next Rev. Jerry Paul Scholar. The CHHSM Scholar program is open to seminary students who want to learn more about ministry in a faith-based health and human service nonprofit organization. For Megan Culbertson Hoxhalli, who was a CHHSM Scholar from 2012 to…

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