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The Episcopal Health Foundation continues to support and provide opportunities for congregations to develop leadership skills, build relationships with communities, and improve community health through ministry and outreach programs. In order to ensure everyone has the opportunity to participate, we can also provide financial support to help cover the costs of attending, if needed.
In Common is an opportunity to be inspired, gain new skills and to share hopes for building bridges and getting to know our neighbors. EHF and community partner organizations will share resources that can help congregations understand their communities better, identify their communities needs and assets, and take action for positive transformation. Meet others across the Diocese, share stories and lessons learned, and build relationships for future work.
Faith communities are often a source of care and support as people navigate life's journeys. When leaders within these communities learn about mental health facts and resources to support their members, they can create a community of compassion, empathy and understanding toward those affected by a mental health condition.
Bridges to Hope is a 3-hour mental health training for leaders of faith communities.
EHF has launched a series of screenings and discussion of the film Traces of the Trade: A Story from the Deep North, facilitated by DeWolf descendant Dain Perry and wife Constance Perry. These events will be held at various parishes across the Diocese.
One Human Race Training
The One Human Race Initiative is a ministry of the Union of Black Episcopalians (UBE), Myra McDaniel chapter based in Austin. Utilizing the PBS series Race: The Power of an Illusion, the UBE chapter offers a three-part series of workshops designed to provide a safe, open, and productive framework for learning and sharing about racism as expressed through institutions and systems and how it impacts individuals.
The Texas Rural Leadership Program hosts it annual conference to gather fellow Texan leaders in business, education, government, and religious organizations. The conference seeks to equip attendees with the leadership skills to identify community assets and resources that can be used to create change in their communities.
The one-day workshop introduces participants to a comprehensive approach for understanding the dynamics that cause and maintain poverty from the individual to the systemic levels. Bridges Out of Poverty uses the lens of economic class and provides concrete tools and strategies for a community to prevent, reduce, and alleviate poverty; it is designed to provide a broad overview of concepts.
Mental Health First Aid is an eight-hour course designed to equip people to help someone who is developing a mental health need or experiencing a crisis. It is an evidence-based program that has been shown to build mental health literacy, and help people with no clinical training better understand and respond to signs of mental illness and effectively refer people to professional help.
Why EHF supports these Learning Opportunities
As part of our continuing effort to support congregations interested in strengthening their impact in the community, EHF is encouraging congregation leaders to attend trainings, conferences or other events where they may gain insight or skills that would benefit the outreach work they are doing. EHF has identified a number of events listed above that will provide Episcopal Church leaders with new skills or resources to improve their congregation's service ministry. All of these events are aligned with EHF's mission to transform community health for all.
So that leaders of congregations, and in some cases their community partners, can attend these events, EHF is offering financial support for those who would like assistance to cover the registration costs to attend these events. If you plan to attend but don't need financial support, please let us know you will be attending so we can connect you to our group.
The list of trainings, workshops and conferences will continue to be updated.