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.
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.
In partnership with the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD), TMO is offering a two-day Leadership Training! This training will help to:
-Develop leaders in your institution
-Become more involved in your community
-Work on issues impacting your community
-Fight for justice and the common good
-Build a core team
The One Human Race Initiative invites you to learn about Austin's racial history and explore current issues with community leaders.
Attend a short presentation, watch KLRU's Austin Revealed: Civil Rights Stories, and have a moderated panel discussion.
The Texas Lutheran-Episcopal Legislative Conference is a three-day annual conference in Austin, TX. There will be speakers, workshops, panels and breakout sessions about public policy issues, faith and social justice and how to meet your elected officials.
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 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 eighth, 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.
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.
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.
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.