CHHSM Annual Meeting to highlight UCC core beliefs
Written by from staff and wire reports
January 3, 2012
the theme "The
Church We Live In: UCC Beliefs and Diakonal Ministry," servant-leaders
of the Council for Health and Human Service Ministries (CHHSM) will gather at
the Crowne Plaza St. Louis - Clayton on March 1-4 for the
organization’s 74th Annual Meeting.
deadline is Feb. 15.
beliefs of continuing testament,
extravagant welcome and changing lives reflect and inspire the
passion of the Diakonic Movement, provoking deep theological reflection on why
and how the UCC does its work.
"Our forebears in the faith first
established health and human service ministries as a justice response to dire
human circumstances," said the Rev. William Johnson, CHHSM vice president. "More than a million people a year – children,
youth, adults, the aging, persons with disabilities, those in need of shelter,
protection, food or a new start – benefit from the health and human service
mission of the UCC. For that we can all be grateful."
Prior to the opening plenary, CHHSM diakonal
ministers will speak with members of the Nollau Institute Class of 2012. Class
members will learn more about CHHSM, broaden their understanding of diakonal
ministry and network with other servant-leaders.
Another planned highlight is a presentation about
a new program in the UCC Illinois South Conference. The project is an
initiative of CHHSM and Conference personnel leading a yearlong celebration of
diakonal ministry, lifting up the eight health and human service ministries
located in or formally related to the Conference.
The Rev. Starsky D. Wilson,
president and chief executive officer of the Deaconess Foundation in St. Louis,
will be guest preacher on "Continuing Testament." Wilson is also pastor of St.
John's UCC, host for the event’s opening dinner and worship service March
1. Wilson and Bryan Sickbert, CHHSM president and CEO, will lead a
dialogue March 2 on "Continuing Testament in Diakonal Ministry."
The Rev. Felix Carrion,
coordinator of the UCC Stillspeaking Ministry, will speak March 2 on extravagant
welcome. The Rev.
J. Bennett Guess, UCC Executive Minister of Local Church
Ministries and a member of the church's five-person Collegium of Officers, will
speak March 3. Focusing on "Changing Lives," Guess will invite CHHSM members to
reflect on ways servant-leadership in diakonal ministry changes lives and
contributes to the common good.
In addition, a governance seminar for trustees and board members of
CHHSM member ministries will be held. Titled "Governance of Diakonal
Ministry – Grounded in the Church," the seminar will be facilitated
by the Rev. Jerry W. Paul,
former president and CEO of the Deaconess Foundation.
Said Johnson, "When CHHSM observes its
75th anniversary in 2013, we will celebrate servant-leaders who have gone
before, as well as those who continue to give diakonal service – passionate response
to human need in Christ's name, today."
register for the Annual Meeting, contact Eileen Nagy at 866-822-8224, ext. 2250;
email firstname.lastname@example.org; or register online.
information regarding the meeting is available online.