United Church of Christ

The Second Mountain

By Michael Readinger | October 14, 2021

In my September column, I wrote about the way I would approach the “one more times” in my career as I get closer to the final day in my role as president and CEO of CHHSM. I promised to be authentic and connected, inquisitive and introspective, and celebratory in honor of all I will meet…

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CHHSM Survey Seeks Member Feedback to Inform Direction of Future Programs and Services

By Barb Powell | October 14, 2021

CHHSM members can participate in the survey by clicking on the survey link, or by clicking the survey box in the October Diakonie. The UCC Council for Health and Human Service Ministries is seeking member feedback in order to assess its current programs and services and better serve its membership. All CHHSM members are encouraged…

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CHHSM Board Approves COVID Vaccine Policies for Staff, Meetings

By Barb Powell | October 13, 2021

The Board of the UCC Council for Health and Human Service Ministries (CHHSM) approved two vaccine policies — one for staff and the other for CHHSM meetings — during its Sept. 29 virtual meeting. Both policies require full vaccination against COVID-19. As new research is adopted by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), CHHSM will…

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Learn About the Benefits of the CHHSM Store in Oct. 20 Webinar

By CHHSM Staff | October 13, 2021

CHHSM members are invited to attend a special webinar geared to helping them save money on a variety of goods and services. CHHSM Store 101, a free webinar, takes place Wednesday, Oct. 20, at 2 p.m. ET via Microsoft Teams. Hosted by Natalia Hernandez, CHHSM’s client account manager at Care Purchasing Services (CSP), the 101…

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Submit Workshop Proposals Now for CHHSM’s 2022 Annual Gathering, ‘Forward Together’

By Barb Powell | October 12, 2021

The UCC Council for Health and Human Service Ministries is requesting workshop proposals for its 84th Annual Gathering, to be held March 8-10 at the historic Brown Hotel in Louisville, Ky., a landmark since 1923. The theme of the in-person gathering is Forward Together, which will be the emphasis of all events and activities during…

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CHHSM’s New ‘Welcoming Diversity’ Virtual Group to Address Issues of Race, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

By Barb Powell | October 12, 2021

The UCC Council for Health and Human Service Ministries (CHHSM) is forming a “Welcoming Diversity” Group to provide a supportive environment for participants to discuss issues of Race, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (RDEI). The group’s first Zoom meeting takes place Oct. 21 at 12 noon ET. The Welcoming Diversity Group is open to all UCC…

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First Graduate of Back Bay Mission’s Micah Day Center Apprenticeship Program Looks to Future with Hope

By Barb Powell | October 12, 2021

The first-ever graduate of Back Bay Mission’s Micah Day Center Apprenticeship Program recently completed her year-long commitment to develop the skills and tools necessary for gaining and retaining employment. Begun in 2019, the program serves individuals viewed by society as unemployable, stigmatized because of past circumstances, and/or overlooked by other potential employers, says the Rev.…

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Independent Living Residents Find Way to Give Back to Larger Greenville, Pa., Community

By Barb Powell | October 12, 2021

The residents of St. Paul’s Senior Living Community — an older adult continuing care community in Greenville, Pa. — are used to doing for others. For years, its Auxiliary has raised funds to enhance resident life on campus. Quilters, sewers, and other crafters often create items to sell on behalf of the Auxiliary. But recently, residents…

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Direct Service Support Professionals Celebrated at Emmaus Homes During National Recognition Week

By Barb Powell | October 6, 2021

UCC-related Emmaus Homes — a CHHSM member helping people with developmental disabilities in St. Charles, Mo. — recently celebrated National Direct Service Support Professionals (DSP) Recognition Week by honoring five of its outstanding service employees, culminating in its naming Deanna Robinson Emmaus’ Direct Service Professional of the Year. Robinson was honored for work exemplifying all…

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Phoebe Richland Resident Fulfills Lifelong Dream of Hot Air Balloon Ride

By CHHSM Staff | October 6, 2021

The original article on Fosbenner, by Donna Schudel, was adapted with permission for this article. Photo credits: Randy Monceaux. Doris Fosbenner, an 85-year-old resident of Phoebe Richland Health Care Center, took a hot air balloon ride Sept. 13, 2021, fulfilling her lifelong desire to float above her beloved Upper Bucks (Pa.) community.  As the sun…

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