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.
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.
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.
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.
Mission Capital (formerly Greenlights) hosts the annual Mission Driven Conference for community leaders who seek to drive their missions forward. As a summit for social innovation, the conference brings innovative approaches, fresh ideas and the right connections to help address social issues attendees may be passionate about.
Addressing the Challenges of Poverty brings together all sectors of a community in one venue for networking and learning in order to create healthier, stronger communities, colleges, and schools. This annual event focuses on bringing all parts of a community together to build sustainability in all sectors: schools, criminal justice, higher education, businesses, health care, and more. It is time for us to join forces. Learn how to move your mission forward.
The conference is designed to help foster deeper knowledge of the health situation facing immigrants, build new relationships among people and groups concerned with immigrants, and lay the groundwork for future work together. EHF will also use the conference as an opportunity to determine the Foundation's future work in the area of immigration in partnership with churches.
The Christian Community Development Association is a unique organization that gathers practitioners and partners dedicated to the transformative work of restoring and developing communities through presence and practice. The conference provides a space at the table for congregational leaders, educators, business people, and other partners to learn and dialogue about transforming communities for health, social justice, community development, among other issues.
The Texas Christian Community Development Network hosts their annual conference to connect churches, non-profit practitioners, and volunteers from across Texas to learn about community development and empowerment. The conference helps equip leaders with skills to support their community efforts.
Asset-Based Community Development (ABCD) is a strategy for sustainable community development, which builds on the strengths and assets found within a community and leverages these assets of individuals, associations, and institutions to organize around community needs.
The Called to Transformation, ABCD facilitator formation workshop, is open to clergy and lay leaders from across the Episcopal Church. The conference will teach the theory and practice of ABCD work, and then begin the process of creating a working plan to implement an ABCD project in their own ministry community.
Apply to be part of the Holy Currencies Incubation Program provided by the Episcopal Health Foundation (EHF). The program will help you incubate your idea and move it to reality, creating a new ministry that will be sustainable and more connected to the community and beneficiaries needs. The Holy Currencies model was created by the Kaleidoscope Institute (KI) and has been used internationally to strengthen the impact and sustainability of outreach ministries.
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.