In Common 2020

Date: February & March 2020
Location: Austin | Houston
Sponsor: Episcopal Health Foundation
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“We have more in common than I ever could have imagined”

In Common 2020
Congregations and Communities in Action

February 28 - 29, 2020 | Austin, TX
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March 27 - 28, 2020 | Houston, TX 
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FREE! For all Episcopal clergy, lay leaders, parishioners, and community partners working with Episcopal churches 


In Common 2020 is organized into two regional convening events hosted in Austin and Houston. 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 speakersJeremy Everett of the Baylor Collaborative (formerly 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) | 5:30 – 9 PM

      • Fellowship, Dinner, and Keynote

Saturday Full-Day | 8 AM – 3 PM

      • Menu of workshops/tracks (minimum three tracks at each location)
February 28 - 29, 2020 | Austin, TX
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Host: St. David's Episcopal Church (301 E 8th Street, Austin, TX)
Keynote: Dain and Constance Perry, Traces of the Trade 
Workshops: Racial Reconciliation; Faithful Citizenship; and Mental Health 

March 27 - 28, 2020 | Houston, TX
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Host: St. James' Episcopal Church (3129 Southmore Blvd, Houston, TX)
Keynote: Jeremy Everett, Baylor Collaborative, formerly Texas Hunger Initiative 
Workshops: Food Security, Interactive Facilitation Techniques; and Language Justice

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!

2020 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):

    • Racial Reconciliation (Available in Spanish)EHF partners with Traces of the Trade, One Human Race and Project Curate to introduce, educate and help congregations develop a unique plan for engaging with their community for racial reconciliation. At In Common, you will experience how these partners create dialogue, teach and strategize for community partnered racial justice. This workshop will provide an overview of EHF resources and approaches you can carry back to better inform your congregation on how to begin this work.
    • Faithful Citizenship: 

      This workshop outlines two ways Episcopalians can engage their communities this year; the 2020 Census and voter education and participation leading up to the 2020 elections.  Led by Alan Yarborough from the Presiding Bishop’s office of Church relations and local leaders, this workshop will provide an overview of the 2020 Census and how our congregations can be involved and how congregations can begin to engage their communities around voting.

    • Mental Health (Available in Spanish) The Episcopal Health Foundation has partnered with congregations in the diocese to offer Mental Health First Aid to equip their parishioners and community neighbors with the tools to address misconceptions and help those experiencing mental illness. As a result of the knowledge gained from the workshops, many congregations are continuing work to address the mental health needs in their communities. In this workshop, 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.

    • Food Security (Available in Spanish) Hunger and poverty are core concerns for church outreach ministries and often feel overwhelming when we consider how to have a meaningful impact in our community. With resources and wisdom from the Baylor Collaborative on Hunger and Poverty (formerly The Texas Hunger Initiative) you will learn how you can reach into schools, local organizations and businesses to partner in existing efforts or to deepen your current community ministry. The Baylor Collaborative on Hunger and Poverty takes a systems approach that interconnects local efforts across the state of Texas.
    • Interactive Facilitation Techniques: This interactive workshop will help participants improve their facilitation skills to increase the effectiveness of their congregation, collaborative, coalition, mission team, or community group. Participants will learn how to effectively guide groups to accomplish the best meeting outcomes.
    • Language Justice (Available in Spanish) This workshop explores how to enhance our engagement of persons who are not English dominant or who are from different cultures.  It will show practical steps you can take to make your spaces and meetings more inviting and inclusive of those who speak different languages or are from different backgrounds.
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If you have any questions regarding any of the regional events, please contact Melodee Toles via email or at 832-658-2662