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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.
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.
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.
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.
EHF is now offering Community Engagement workshops to equip congregations and their community partners with the skills to develop relationships and collaborate with the individuals and other organizations they serve. The Approaching Community Engagement Workshop will provide a basic introduction to the principles of community engagement and the different levels and activities to build strong community relationships.
The Texas Christian Community Development Network (TxCCDN) 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.
The Texas Hunger Initaitve (THI) will host its seventh, Together at the Table Hunger & Poverty Summit. Join THI, community partners, and congregations from across Texas to learn about innovative practices, hear from different perspectives, and connect with others working to find solutions to hunger and poverty.
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.
The Community Health Leader Convening invites greater collaboration and cooperation across institutions and to engage emerging community health leaders (volunteers and staff actively engaged in creating healthy communities) in a locally-focused day-long forum to learn about each other’s work, strengthen relationships, and identify key opportunities for policy change at the state and regional level.
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.