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Home is the Historic Neighborhood of the UCC’s Blue Springs Terrace

By Barb Powell | June 29, 2017

The best-kept secret in Missouri is on a small residential block just southwest of the Blue Springs, Mo., business district. There, 13 houses that make up the United Church of Christ’s Blue Springs Terrace dot the tree-lined street where retired UCC and Disciples pastors and full-time church office staff live. Blue Springs Terrace was the…

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Innovative Youth Services Agency Receives UCC’s Genesis Fund Grant

By Barb Powell | June 21, 2017

A new, game-changing “Restorative Justice” program at the United Church of Christ’s Charles Hall Youth Services in Bismarck, N.D., just received a boost in the form of a $12,000 grant from the denomination’s Office of Philanthropy and Stewardship. The Genesis Fund Grant –– specifically for new initiatives in Christian mission, or those that may be…

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Embrace Living Residents and Employees ‘Sew Ugly’ for Synod

By Barb Powell | June 20, 2017

The United Church of Christ’s Embrace Living Communities in Illinois are finishing up their “ugly quilts” just in time for this summer’s General Synod in Baltimore, Md. “Ugly Quilts” describe sleeping bags that are being collected during Synod for homeless persons in the geographic area covered by the UCC’s Central Atlantic Conference, host of this…

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United Church of Christ’s Embrace Living Communities responds to ‘3 Great Loves’ initiative

By CHHSM-Member Ministry Contribution | June 16, 2017
Susan Sinderson

After CHHSM Vice President and CEO Michael J. Readinger’s column on the UCC’s “3 Great Loves” initiative, Susan Sinderson, executive vice president of the United Church of Christ’s Embrace Living Communities, responded with this article: Rev. John Dorhauer has invited us as a Health and Human services ministry as part of the UCC to respond…

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Capitol Hill rally to Include UCC Groups Committed to Safeguarding Affordable Housing

By Barb Powell | June 12, 2017

Leaders of United Church of Christ-related health and human service ministries will be stepping out for affordable senior housing June 27 at a “Save HUD 202” rally on Capitol Hill. They will be joining LeadingAge, an association representing nonprofit aging services providers, and others to regain and expand the HUD Section 202 Housing for the…

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CHHSM-sponsored Valerie Russell Lecture to Address Racism in Church and Society

By Barb Powell | June 10, 2017

To emphasize its role as an advocate for social justice, the United Church of Christ’s Council for Health and Human Service Ministries is co-sponsoring the Valerie Russell Lecture, a key event at the UCC’s biennial General Synod, to be held June 30-July 4 in Baltimore, Md. The free lecture, planned by the UCC’s Justice and…

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CHHSM brings resolution to Synod on recognizing gun violence as public health emergency

By Barb Powell | June 10, 2017

Recognizing the trauma caused by gun violence, the United Church of Christ’s Council for Health and Human Service Ministries is sponsoring a Resolution of Witness at this summer’s General Synod in Baltimore, Md., calling for a focus on the U.S. gun violence crisis. The resolution, which will be discussed and voted on by delegates meeting…

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Unified presence at Synod to bolster CHHSM-member ministries’ visibility

By Barb Powell | June 10, 2017

The United Church of Christ’s Council for Health and Human Service Ministries will elevate its visibility in the exhibit hall of the denomination’s General Synod this summer in Baltimore, Md., through two unique approaches: a 12-table exhibit area for member ministries and subsequent unified approach to reaching out to attendees. The CHHSM Exhibit Hall space…

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One-of-a-kind auction fosters the partnerships that provide ‘Emmaus Difference’

By Barb Powell | May 31, 2017

When United Church of Christ-related Emmaus Homes in St. Charles, Mo., held its first-ever quilt and silent auction May 21, it found that combining the good works of local business and church partners reaped extra benefits. The event — part live oral quilt auction and part silent auction — was held at Parkway UCC, an…

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Mission: Possible UCH Affordable Housing Leaders Fighting the Good Fight

By CHHSM-Member Ministry Contribution | May 27, 2017

Karen, now 68, applied for housing at three senior living communities and was placed on years-long waiting lists like many others due to a nationwide shortage of affordable housing for older adults. Pickfair Square, a United Church Homes community funded by the Department of Housing and Urban Development in Pickerington, a Columbus suburb, was the…

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