EHF is introducing new resources in 2017 to help congregations build relationships with communities and launch or expand efforts to strengthen community health.
Holy Currencies is an intensive planning initiative to help develop new sustainable health-related ministries. EHF is partnering with the Rev. Eric Law and the Kaleidoscope Institute to offer an intensive program for congregations interested in developing new or enhanced outreach work using the Holy Currencies Cycle of Blessings for creating sustainable outreach ministries. Congregational teams will go through an intensive training and coaching process over six months to explore how they can use the currencies of relationship, truth, wellness, gracious leadership, money and time/place to transform current ministries or develop new ones. Resulting plans can apply for financial support and on-going technical assistance from EHF. The call for applications to participate will be released next week and due January 20th. Check the learning opportunities page for updates.
Bridges Out of Poverty
EHF is also offering Bridges Out of Poverty workshops that can help congregations better understand, address and reduce poverty in a comprehensive way. The training helps participants develop more accurate views of the terms poverty, middle class and wealth. This knowledge can help develop better programs and improve relationships and outcomes for those seeking to address poverty. To learn more, contact EHF’s Melodee Toles.
Mental Health First Aid
In 2017, EHF will continue to offer Mental Health First Aid workshops throughout the Diocese to equip people with the tools necessary to help someone who is developing a mental health need or experiencing a crisis. The training has helped many congregations gain a better understanding of mental health issues to support the needs in their community.
If your congregation is interested in Mental Health First Aid for 2017, now is the perfect time to request a training, please contact Melodee Toles to learn more.
The United Methodist Women have invited EHF to join them for their annual legislative event to learn about policy issues, including health, that will be addressed in the upcoming legislative session. The event provides in-depth policy briefings and allows participants the opportunities to meet with legislators around key priority issues. Join Women from all around the state of Texas to engage issues that matter. Leticia Van de Putte and Hope Andrade are the keynote speakers for this year’s event.
Host: Texas Impact
Date: January 22 – 24, 2017
Location: Austin, TX
Cost: $125 (EHF can provide financial assistance for registration for representatives from Episcopal churches to attend as needed)
Early bird registration ends January 7.
Register here with Texas Impact
Click here to request financial assistance for registration from EHF
Poverty and its Impact on Mental Health Webinar
In this free webinar from the Aha! Process group, Gary Eagleton, Lead Instructor at the University of Texas School of Public Health’s Community Health Worker Institute, and Angelina Hudson, Director of Education at NAMI Greater Houston, review facts and dispel myths associated with the stigma of mental illness.
According to the Association of Psychological Science, those who spent more time in poverty in early childhood show signs of increased severe mental health challenges in emerging adulthood. Specifically, time spent in poverty was associated with higher levels of externalizing symptoms and learned helplessness by age 17. .
Host: Aha! Process – Bridges Out of Poverty
Date: January 5, 2017 | 11 AM – 12 PM CST
The One Human Race Initiative is a ministry of the Union of Black Episcopalians (UBE), Myra McDaniel chapter based in Austin. Utilizing the PBS series Race: The Power of an Illusion, the UBE chapter offers a three-part series of workshops 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 – February, March, May, July, September, & October 2017
Locations: TBD in Austin
Please contact us if you are in the Austin area and are interested in hosting a session in 2017.
Visit EHF’s Learning Opportunities page for more information on these and other upcoming events.
If you have an upcoming event being held through your congregation or within your community, please email us describing the event (purpose, date, location) and the name of a contact person, so that we may share it with others.