UCC General Synod

Synod’s Opening Preacher Puts Love in Action through CHHSM, Community Involvement

By Guest Contributor | November 15, 2022

By Maic D’Agostino. Reprinted by permission from UCC News, Nov. 15, 2022. Just days into his new job, Jamar Doyle learned he could be preaching at the United Church of Christ’s 34th General Synod. In February, the UCC’s Council for Health and Human Service Ministries named Doyle its new president and CEO. Then in March,…

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CHHSM Discussion Group to Delve into ‘Reason to Have Hope’ Course

By Barb Powell | August 24, 2021

CHHSM’s Reason to Have Hope: A Public Health Response to Racism course is the third offering of the Together We Learn Discussion Group program. The discussion on the multi-part, online, interactive, free course begins Sept. 14. “Reason to Have Hope was created as a resource for the UCC General Synod resolution — co-authored by CHHSM…

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CHHSM/COREM Resolution Opens UCC General Synod with Powerful Statement on Racism as a Public Health Crisis

By Barb Powell | July 12, 2021

A highlight of the July 11 opening plenary session of the United Church of Christ’s Thirty-Third General Synod — taking place virtually through July 18 — was the presentation, discussion and vote on a powerful resolution aimed at examining societal systemic racism through the lens of public health. Delegates overwhelmingly approved “A Resolution to Declare…

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Year-in-Review: CHHSM Board Examines Work on Race, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion with Eye on Future Actions

By Barb Powell | June 14, 2021

The CHHSM Board of Directors, meeting online June 7-9, focused a large portion of its meeting reviewing the commitments made by the Board, staff, and members in the June 2020 statement on the pandemic of systemic racism. At the top of the list was the final report of the organization’s recently completed Race, Diversity, Equity,…

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New Anti-Racism Curriculum to Help Participants Discern Their Calls to Action

By Barb Powell | June 11, 2021

Reason to Have Hope: A Public Health Response to Racism — a multi-part, online, interactive, and highly adaptable course created by CHHSM — is now online. The innovative, user-friendly curriculum is geared for a group learning environment, and includes history, current events, theology, stories of resilience, and the intersections of race and social issues to…

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Interactive Course Offers New Ways to Examine Racism as a Public Health Crisis

By Barb Powell | May 13, 2021

This summer, the UCC’s Council for Health and Human Service Ministries and Council on Racial and Ethnic Ministries is bringing a Synod Resolution of Witness to delegates of the biennial meeting calling on the church to declare and respond to racism as a public health crisis. But even before delegates debate and vote on the…

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Internal and Global Resolutions, Bylaw Changes, on Docket for UCC General Synod

By Guest Contributor | March 24, 2021

By Hans Holznagel. This article is reprinted with permission from UCC News. This summer’s General Synod will vote on a resolution brought by CHHSM declaring racism a public health crisis. Delegates to the United Church of Christ’s General Synod this summer will have a wide variety of subjects to consider. Among them: A just peace…

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CHHSM Ready to Shine its Light on Delegates to General Synod 32

By Barb Powell | May 12, 2019

During most biennial General Synods of the United Church of Christ, the Council for Health and Human Service Ministries spends its time lifting up member ministries and distributing information about the great programs and people of CHHSM. But as the Presenting Sponsor of this year’s event — taking place at the Wisconsin Center in Milwaukee,…

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You are Welcome to Participate

By Michael Readinger | February 11, 2019
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Save the Date. Please RSVP. Register Now. Please join us. Deadline approaching. Hope to see you soon. These are just a few of the things we say to let you know that you are welcome to participate. And, no matter who you are or where you are on life’s journey, you are welcome here. And…

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CHHSM Board and Staff are grieved to learn of the death of our friend and colleague, Greg Watson, who died in October 2022. Greg was vice president of operations for Embrace Living Communities, based in Oak Brook, Ill.Greg was a graduate of CHHSM’s Nollau Leadership Institute, class of 2018-2019, and was consecrated as a Diakonal Minister during our 2019 Annual Gathering in Chicago. In an article about his class in June 2018 — not long after the group’s first retreat — Greg said, “The best part is not only beginning the process of clarifying your calling; but also, understanding and accepting one’s personal strength. Recognition of one’s ‘true' self enables us to serve from a place of wholeness.”Greg also served on the CHHSM Board of Directors, and was a beloved friend and colleague to many in the CHHSM family. Embrace Living stated on its website, “Greg was an outstanding servant leader for 17 years at Embrace Living Communities. He will be greatly missed.”CHHSM sends its prayers and love to Greg’s friends, family, and Embrace Living colleagues. ... See MoreSee Less
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