Congregation Connection

Fall brings new opportunities for EHF to connect with congregations across the Diocese of Texas. We remain committed to providing offerings and resources that are impactful, especially in relation to our four focus areas- Mental Health, Community Organizing, Racial Justice, and Poverty. See our fall offerings below.

Mental Health Learning Network: What’s Community Got to Do with It? The Role of Lay People in Public Mental Health
Date: Thursday, October 21st
Time: 11:30am-1:00pm
In our lives, our mental health ebbs and flows — sometimes our mental wellbeing is steady and sometimes we struggle. Many of our public behavioral health services in Texas are designed to support people experiencing a mental health crisis and lack capacity to address our ongoing mental health needs.

This session will focus on what the public mental health service system in Texas does, what it does not do, and what roles communities and congregations are playing across the state. We’ll share examples of effective community engagement to promote mental health. We’ll explore these examples with an eye to social justice concerns and identify ways to move beyond toxic charity to true partnership.

Organizing 101: Training Churches
Date: Thursday, October 28th
Time: 7:00pm-8:30pm
Join congregations across the diocese in an introductory session on how to engage your community and build relationships that lead to change! This session will teach the basics of congregation-based organizing for those interested in the process and those who have already begun working in their community.

Facilitation Learning Lab
Date: Thursday, November 3rd
Time: 12:00pm-1:00pm
Are you hosting a meeting or gathering soon and want some personalized consultation on your design? Do you have lingering questions about planning great meetings? In this mini-session, our guides Lynda Frost and Anna Jackson will provide consultation. Come with questions, bring a design you’re working on, or just listen in.

EHF Mental Health Summit
Date: Saturday, November 6th
Time: 9:00am-3:00pm
Together and alone, we have been moving through a complex period of change, loss, tenderness, and possibility. For this Mental Health Summit, we will spend our time considering compassion and some of the ways we might begin to meaningfully adapt, offer space, and connect in our communities.

We’ll aim to connect with others and make meaning of what we have experienced over the last year and a half, deepen our understanding of how our collective mental health has been impacted and what that means for our communities, consider the implications of this time period, and create a sense of rejuvenation and optimism.

We will have conversations that support our individual and collective sensemaking and reflection. This will be our first official in-person gathering since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, and we will come together at Camp Allen.

EHF now uses the Fluxx online platform to manage our engagement events. For those who are joining us for the first time, start by creating a new account. For those who have attended our events before, use the address where you receive EHF emails and then reset your password.

Please visit the Fluxx homepage to get started: https://ehf/

We hope to see you at our upcoming events! Please register for these and other events on the EHF Learning Opportunities Webpage.