United Church of Christ

Collaboration is key to success for United Church of Christ ministries in St. Louis

By Barb Powell | July 4, 2017

It’s an old — yet, brand new — United Church of Christ health and human service collaboration in St. Louis. Two health care providers have partnered with a low-income older adult housing facility and a ministry for children in trauma to provide increased medical care, and it’s making an impact throughout the city. The Institute…

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UCC General Synod overwhelmingly passes CHHSM-sponsored resolution on gun violence

By Barb Powell | July 4, 2017

After 30 minutes of deliberation, delegates to the United Church of Christ’s 31st General Synod tonight (July 3) passed a Resolution of Witness calling for research into gun violence and declaring gun violence a public health emergency. The resolution, sponsored by the UCC’s Council for Health and Human Service Ministries, passed with a 97 percent…

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Russell Lecture: Racism as a factor in health care disparities: We need to move people ‘away from the cliff’

By Drew Page | July 2, 2017

Describing disparities in access to health care in this country, Dr. Camara Phyllis Jones described how many people “fall off a cliff” as she delivered General Synod’s Valerie E. Russell Lecture to a full house Saturday afternoon, July 1. Jones, a family physician and epidemiologist whose work focuses on the impacts of racism on the…

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United Church Homes and Services Aims to ‘Stock the Shelves’ at Abernethy Laurels

By CHHSM-Member Ministry Contribution | July 1, 2017

United Church Homes and Services (UCHS) recently held a campaign to Stock the Shelves of the new Abernethy Laurels Health and Rehabilitation Center. “An outpouring of generous financial and in-kind support made the campaign a success,” shared Nancy Beard, President of UCHS Foundation. “The doors will open on phase one of the new Health and Rehabilitation…

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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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