United Church Outreach Ministry

Roller Retires from United Church Outreach Ministry (UCOM)

By CHHSM-Member Ministry Contribution | April 11, 2024

The Rev. Dr. Bruce Roller officially retired from his position as executive director of United Church Outreach Ministry (UCOM) April. 1. Roller has served UCOM with dedication and distinction for 21 years and leaves behind a legacy of leadership, compassion, and impact. During his tenure, Roller spearheaded numerous initiatives that propelled UCOM forward in its…

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Braving Change

By CHHSM-Member Ministry Contribution | March 12, 2024

By Erik Keener, associate executive director, United Church Outreach Ministry in Wyoming, Mich. Reprinted from Winter 2024 Communicator. For most of us change is difficult. Whether it’s a new job, moving, an addition to the family, mourning the loss of a loved one, or just trying something different, any of these changes can be stressful…

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David’s Healthy Adventure

By CHHSM-Member Ministry Contribution | October 11, 2023

(Reprinted with permission from United Church Outreach Ministry’s Summer Newsletter, the Communicator.) “It’s not just a handout, but a friendship thing. You’re sharing something with someone.” This is what David had to say about the important place United Church Outreach Ministry (UCOM) in Wyoming, Mich., holds in his life. “I never knew what a jackfruit…

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UCOM Works to Build a Culture of Health

By CHHSM Staff | April 14, 2023

By Nathan Slauer and Katie Vanderwal, reprinted with permission  Deep breathing, quiet chatter, and shared stories marked the end of one of the latest classes at United Church Outreach Ministry (UCOM), which is based in Wyoming, Mich. Rather than the room emptying and people scattering back to their busy lives, neighbors stayed to talk one…

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Quarterly Community Meetings Help United Church Outreach Ministry to Better Serve

By CHHSM-Member Ministry Contribution | October 5, 2022

By Shawn Keener, UCOM program director. Reprinted with permission. Earlier this year, United Church Outreach Ministry (UCOM) in Wyoming, Mich, invited 20 neighbors from diverse cultural backgrounds to gather quarterly and share their thoughts and hopes for the future. “Getting to know our neighbors” and “building a stronger support system” were just some of the…

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Finding Joy and a Sense of Call in the Journey

By CHHSM-Member Ministry Contribution | July 6, 2022

By BettyBeth Johns, workforce development director, United Church Outreach Ministry (UCOM), Wyoming, Mich. Reprinted with permission from the UCOM Communicator, Spring 2022. Elizabeth Nyiransaba glides through her day, chatting with everyone who crosses her path: smiling and singing and asking questions about everything from why some people are always “tigers” (crabby) to what sort of…

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Guest Column: Anti-Racism is a Goal

By CHHSM-Member Ministry Contribution | November 4, 2021

By Bruce Roller, executive director of United Church Outreach Ministry (UCOM) in Wyoming, Mich. Reprinted with permission. Yes, I am a racist. This is evidenced by the fact that I can’t even let that statement stand alone. I need to give a little definition so that you don’t think of me as being a “bad“…

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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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CHHSM’s Virtual Annual Gathering a Success, Thanks to Active Participation, a Seamless Online Platform, and Incredible Presentations

By Barb Powell | March 11, 2021

Inspirational, motivational, soul-feeding … and just plain fun. These are some of the words used by attendees to describe the recently concluded 83rd Annual Gathering of the UCC’s Council for Health and Human Service Ministries, held virtually March 2-4, 2021. Attendance records were shattered at the three-day event: some 335 CHHSM members and friends registered…

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To Save, Not Just Serve: Keynoter Baker Challenges CHHSM Members to Increased Activism in Annual Gathering’s Closing Plenary

By Barb Powell | March 11, 2021

In a keynote address punctuated with a call to self-examination and implementation of change, the Rev. Dr. Dietra Wise Baker — director of contextual education at UCC-related Eden Theological Seminary in Webster Groves, Mo. — urged attendees to CHHSM’s 83rd Annual Gathering to return to their ministries prepared to find new ways to transform lives.…

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