Upcoming opportunities to build skills in advocacy, poverty relief and more!

Learn more about upcoming workshops, events and conferences to increase your knowledge and build skills on important community issues.

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EHF is committed to connecting congregations and parishioners in the Diocese of Texas with opportunities to better understand the issues in their community and build skills to approach those issues in innovative ways.

Check out the latest learning opportunities below and share them with others!

2017 Texas Interfaith Advocacy Day – April 20
Join Texans of all faiths for a day of learning, lobbying, and fellowship at Texas Interfaith Advocacy Day 2017! Now is a critical time in the state legislative process to advance bills you care about and ensure bills you oppose do not pass. The event will feature presentations by legislative experts, advocacy training, and meetings with legislators and their staff about priority issues for the Texas interfaith community.

If you’ve never attended Capitol Day or an advocacy conference, this is the perfect opportunity to get started.

Host: Texas Impact

Date: April 20, 2017

Location: Austin, TX

Cost: Free!

Register here so Texas Impact staff can schedule appointments with your senator and representative. 


Poverty Simulation with East Texas Human Needs Network – April 20
Poverty is one of the major social issues affecting community health in our diocese and many of our congregations are committed to helping those living in poverty. The East Texas Human Needs Network (ETHNN) will host a Poverty Simulation event to bridge the gap from misconception to understanding. The interactive immersion experience takes participants through common, everyday experiences faced by people living in poverty.


Date: April 20, 2017

Location:   Tyler Junior College – West Campus

                   1530 S SW Loop 323, Tyler, TX 75701

Cost: Free

      Register here

Mental Health First Aid Training
Mental Health First Aid is an eight-hour course designed to equip people to help those developing a mental health need or experiencing a crisis. EHF continues to offer Mental Health First Aid workshops throughout the Diocese to build mental health literacy, equip people to respond to signs of mental illness, and more effectively refer people to professional help.

Below are several upcoming workshops near you:

St. John’s Episcopal Church
Saturday, April 22, 2017
8:30am – 5pm

St. Francis Episcopal Church
Saturday, April 29, 2017
8:30am – 5pm – Register Here

The Woodlands (Youth)
Trinity Episcopal Church
Saturday, May 6, 2017
8:30am – 5pm – Register Here

St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church
Saturday, May 13, 2017
8:30am – 5pm – Register Here

Calvary Episcopal Church
Monday, May 15, 2017
8:30am – 5pm – Register Here

If your congregation is interested in participating or hosting a Mental Health First Aid training session in 2017, please click here to contact Melodee Toles.


One Human Race Workshop
The One Human Race Initiative is a ministry of the Union of Black Episcopalians, Myra McDaniel chapter based in Austin. Utilizing the PBS series Race: The Power of an Illusion, the chapter offers a three-part workshop series designed to provide a safe, open and productive framework for learning and sharing about racism as expressed through institutions and systems and how it impacts individuals. The series lasts three weeks to provide time for participants to digest the information and form community among the group, emphasizes radical hospitality (accepting everyone, no matter their background or opinion), and uses Eric Law’s mutual invitation method for sharing. The series also includes other concepts from Eric Law’s book The Wolf Shall Dwell with the Lamb.

Host: The Myra McDaniel Chapter of the Union of Black Episcopalians (Austin)

Date: Saturdays – May 13, 20 & 27 at 12:30 PM

Location:    St. John’s United Methodist Church

                    2140 Allandale Road, Austin, TX

Cost: Free

Register Here

Please contact us if you are in the Austin area and are interested in hosting a session in July, September or October 2017.


Called to Transformation: Asset-Based Community Development (ABCD) Training
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 address community needs.

The Called to Transformation, ABCD Facilitator Formation Workshop, is open to clergy and lay leaders and will teach the theory and practice of ABCD work. Participants then begin the process of creating a work plan to implement an ABCD project in their own ministry community. Trained facilitators will be prepared to lead their congregation through this process and train others in Asset-Based Community Development.

Host: Episcopal Relief and Development

Dates and Locations:      

      September 18 – 21, 2017 | Cincinnati, OH

      October 16 – 19, 2017 | Atlanta, GA

      November 6 – 9, 2017 | Houston, TX

      Cost: $175

Register Here

If you’d like to apply for financial support to attend one of the training sessions, click here to apply.


Mission Driven Conference
Mission Capital hosts the 2017 Human Capital Summit for community leaders who seek to drive their missions forward. The one-day convening will provide innovative approaches, fresh ideas and the right connections to help address social issues. Attendees will learn leading theories and practices from experts and will have the opportunity to develop partnerships leading to greater community impact and social change.

Join some of the best and brightest in philanthropy, nonprofit, government and social enterprise sectors to explore bold, new strategies and partnerships that have the power to solve complex social challenges.

Host: Mission Driven

Date: September 27, 2017

Location: Austin, TX

      Registration opens soon


No Need Among You 2017 Conference
The Texas Christian Community Development Network will host its annual conference this year in Houston! The conference helps equip leaders with skills to support their community efforts and connects churches, nonprofits and volunteers from all over Texas to learn about community development.

The event includes nationally-known speakers in community development, opportunities to network and various training workshops. The workshops will include topics of poverty, relief and development, racial reconciliation, social change, health policy and various other social issues.

Host: Texas Christian Community Development Network (TxCCDN)

Date: October 25-27, 2017

Location: Houston, TX

Registration opens soon


Visit EHF’s Learning Opportunities page to discover other conferences, training sessions, and other events that you may share with others in your congregation and community.