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Director of Marketing & Communication: United Church of Christ

By Guest Contributor | May 13, 2022

GOAL To engage internal and external audience, increase the visibility and profile of the United Church of Christ, and position the organization as the “go to” source in the domain of religion and justice; to assist the UCC in becoming the organization of choice for those wanting to support, volunteer, or donate to support the…

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‘Let the Service Begin’

By Jamar Doyle | May 12, 2022
Jamar Doyle

As I have continued my outreach to the CHHSM community, I’ve met so many wonderful people, sharing in many thought-provoking conversations that have left me with new ideas and perspectives on work, service, and faith. One such conversation was with the leadership of First Church UCC in Phoenix. During our conversation, the Rev. Susan Valiquette,…

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UCC Fellow Essence Ellis Plays Key Role in New Reproductive Justice Toolkits to be Released Next Month

By Barb Powell | May 12, 2022

Part of UCC Fellow Essence Ellis’ work includes participation in the UCC Justice and Local Church Ministries (JLCM) Washington office’s Reproductive Justice Working Group. And her main focus in that group has been helping to develop a set of state-specific toolkits, which are slated to be released next month on the heels of the Supreme…

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CHHSM’s Rev. Jerry Paul Scholar Program for Seminarians is Accepting Applications for 2022-2023 School Year

By Barb Powell | May 12, 2022

The UCC Council for Health and Human Service Ministries has opened applications for the 2022-2023 Rev. Jerry Paul Scholar. The CHHSM Scholar program is open to seminary students interested in learning more about ministry in faith-based health and human service nonprofit organizations. The program is tailored to the individual seminarian, and runs during each school…

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Harm Reduction Curriculum Pilot Program Offers New Path for Overcoming Drug Overdose Epidemic

By Barb Powell | May 11, 2022

A new curriculum pilot program currently underway in the UCC’s Heartland Conference holds the promise of increased harm reduction and overdose prevention. It’s the first undertaking of the conference’s Heartland Harm Reduction and Overdose Prevention Network, of which the Rev. Dr. Elyse Berry, CHHSM’s associate for advocacy and leadership development, is a part. In one…

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Music Therapist at St. John’s Community Care Brings Increased Vitality to Adults with Memory Disorders

By Barb Powell | May 10, 2022

For years, St. John’s Community Care, based in Collinsville, Ill., has integrated music into its programs for people with Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, and other cognitive disorders. But having a professional music therapist was always beyond its budget capacity. So when a donor asked Nancy Berry, executive director, what program St John’s couldn’t offer due to…

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Stay Connected

By Rev. Elyse Berry, DMin | May 10, 2022

“Mommy, why did God make the world?” my five-year-old daughter asked one morning. “What a great question! Do you have any ideas?” “I think God made the world to stay connected,” she stated plainly with a smile on her face. I nearly fell over in awe. I’d also like to note that she said this…

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Webinar to Explore Pharmacy Services for CHHSM Members

By Barb Powell | May 10, 2022

The next free webinar in a CHHSM series geared to assist its member agencies takes place Tuesday, May 24, at 2 p.m. ET. The one-hour webinar will focus on pharmacy services and best practices, and is sponsored by Care Purchasing Services (CPS), the group purchasing agent behind the CHHSM Store. Two major topic areas will…

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Orion Family Services’ DEI Workshop Well-Received During CHHSM Annual Gathering

By CHHSM Staff | May 9, 2022

Orion Family Services, based in Madison, Wis., played an active role during this year’s Annual Gathering, held in Louisville, Ky., in March. Two Orion staffers — Niquanna Barnett, community integrated services supervisor and in-home therapist, and Executive Director and CEO Stacey Parke — presented a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) workshop on everything the Orion Inclusivity,…

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Four United Church Homes Communities Receive Top Honors

By CHHSM-Member Ministry Contribution | May 4, 2022

This article, by Catherine West, originally appeared in the United Church News news feed. It is reprinted here with permission. Four United Church Homes (UCH) communities recently were voted “Best of the Best in the 2021 Readers’ Choice contests sponsored by local media groups. The awards covered numerous categories. Two Marietta, Ohio, UCH communities were readers’…

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