In Common 2019

Date: March, May, and June 2019
Location: Austin | Houston | Tyler
Sponsor: Episcopal Health Foundation
The In Common event scheduled for May 10 - 11, 2019 in Houston has been postponed due to inclement weather. Please check back for updates on the new dates for the event.

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“We have more in common than I ever could have imagined”

In Common 2019
Congregations and Communities in Action

In Common 2019 en Español

March 29 - 30, 2019 | Austin, TX
 Registration is closed

May 10 - 11, 2019 | Houston, TX
The event has been postponed due to inclement weather. Please check back for updates on the new dates for In Common Houston.

June 7 - 8, 2019 | Tyler, TX
Register Here!


FREE! For all Episcopal clergy, lay leaders, parishioners, and community partners working with Episcopal churches 


In Common 2019 is organized into three regional convening events hosted in Austin, Houston and Tyler. Each event will include a keynote speaker on Friday evening and a full-day of topic-specific workshops on Saturday. Speakers and topics will vary for each convening, so you may choose to attend the event closest to you or the one offering the topics of most interest. Highlights include speakers The Rev. Eric Law of Kaleidoscope Institute, Jeremy Everett of Texas Hunger Initiative, Matthew Russell, Cleve Tinsley, and Brandi Homes with Project Curate and more!

In Common is not simply a conference, but an opportunity to dream big and create a vision with like-minded individuals and congregations with an interest in building healthier communities. Participants at the conference will have the chance to share their stories, be inspired by others, and gain new skills. Through keynote speakers and community partner organizations, attendees will learn new resources and approaches to better understand their communities, identify their communities' needs and assets, and take action for positive transformation.

We encourage you to bring a team from your congregation! Your congregation will get the most out of the conference if your team is able to explore multiple tracks. If you are unsure about who should come or what is the best fit for your congregation, contact us!

Read more about last year’s In Common conference in our Congregation Connection newsletter!

Regional Event Dates

Each regional event will feature a keynote speaker on Friday evening followed by a full-day of workshops on Saturday. Registration options include one-day and two-day attendance. The event format is as follows: 

Friday Night (Optional) | 6:30 – 9 PM

      • Fellowship, Dinner, and Keynote

Saturday Full-Day | 9 AM – 3 PM

      • Menu of workshops/tracks (minimum two tracks at each location)

March 29 - 30, 2019 | Austin, TX
Registration now closed

Host: Good Shepherd Episcopal Church (3201 Windsor Rd, Austin, TX)
Keynote: The Rev. Dr. Eric Law, Kaleidoscope Institute/Holy Currencies
Workshops: Introduction to Holy Currencies; Civic Engagement/Organizing Communities; and Bridges Out of Poverty

May 10 - 11, 2019 | Houston, TX
The event has been postponed due to inclement weather. Please check back for updates on the new dates for In Common Houston.

Host: St. James Episcopal Church (3129 Southmore Blvd, Houston, TX)
Keynote: Jeremy Everett, Texas Hunger Initiative
Workshops: Bridges Out of Poverty; Mental Health; and Racial Reconciliation

June 7 - 8, 2019 | Tyler, TX
Register Here!

Host: Christ Episcopal Church (118 S Bois D Arc Ave, Tyler, TX)
Keynote: The Rev. Dr. Matthew Russell, Brandi Holmes, and Cleve Tinsley, Project Curate
Workshops: Introduction to Community Engagement; Racial Reconciliation

Meals will be provided for all attendees. Childcare and Spanish interpretation are also available. In addition, hotel accommodations will be provided for those who need financial assistance, upon request. Please be sure to make these requests when you register for your preferred regional event!

2019 In Common Workshops

In Common will provide the opportunity to explore a variety of ways in which your congregation can engage in community through workshops aimed at building skills and knowledge on the issues that matter (note that topics will vary at each location – see above list of topics offered at each regional session):

  • Holy Currencies: Learn about Holy Currencies, a model for creating engaged, missional and sustainable ministries with the Rev. Dr. Eric Law. This track will help you understand how to use Holy Currencies to develop an idea for a new ministry, and then turn it into a plan that you can implement.  The series of workshops will also prepare you to submit an application for EHF's next Holy Currencies incubator group in May 2019.
  • Racial Reconciliation: Did you know that many congregations in the diocese are actively involved in racial reconciliation in their communities? Meet them and learn about what they are doing, what support EHF offers to get the work going, and how you can get involved. We will be joined by racial equity leaders, the Rev. Dr. Matthew Russell and Cleve Tinsley IV, from Project Curate. 
  • Civic Engagement/Organizing Communities: Learn strategies for supporting locally-led action to improve your community. EHF's Community Engagement staff and partner groups will provide an overview of basic approaches to organizing communities and civic engagement, and demystify the work and correct misconceptions. We encourage those who are unfamiliar with community organizing work to learn how this approach can bring communities together while avoiding the polarization of issues.
  • Approaches to Community Engagement (ACE) Training: A key skill in any community work is learning the fundamentals of community engagement. The training teaches participants why these fundamental skills are critical to successful initiatives and what good community engagement looks like. It also explains the steps to effectively build community relationships and respond to concerns and issues that typically arise.
  • Bridges Out of Poverty: The one-day Bridges Out of Poverty 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.
  • Mental Health: Did you know EHF has hosted over 60 Mental Health First Aid workshops and provided more than 1,100 certifications? Congregations have equipped their parishioners and community neighbors with the tools to address misconceptions and help those experiencing mental illness. So what’s next? We will share data from the current work we’ve done in Mental Health and explore next steps a congregation can take to make effective change for mental health and wellness.
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In Common 2019 en Español

If you have any questions regarding any of the regional events, please contact Melodee Toles via email or at 832-658-2662