Due to COVID-19, all EHF Congregational Engagement in-person gatherings and trainings scheduled through July 1, 2020 are postponed and will be rescheduled. This includes the Houston In Common gathering and all Mental Health First Aid trainings. For more information contact [email protected]
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EHF e-Common – Online EHF Gatherings for Learning and Connection | Racial Inequality and Injustice in Light of COVID-19
May 7 @ 11:30 am - 1:30 pmFree
e-Common – Online EHF Gatherings for Learning and Connection
Date: Thursday, May 7, 2020
Time: 11:30 AM – 1:30PM CST
Responding to Issues of Racial Inequality and Injustice in Light of COVID-19
Hosted by the EHF Congregational Engagement Team and Project Curate
Project Curate is a non-profit and consultancy that works with a variety of religious, academic, and community partners on strategies that support innovative collaborative engagement and coalition-building for projects that tackle racial injustice and inequality.
In this 90-minute session, in addition to creating connections, we will:
1) explore how COVID-19 amplifies issues of inequity and injustice in African American, Latinx, and Asian American communities; and
2) share constructive approaches that can aid congregations wanting to address issues of racial disparity in their local contexts. Together, we will explore the unique challenges and surprising opportunities that are emerging in this moment.
This session is designed in conjunction with EHF to continue to support their goal to assist Episcopal Congregations who are looking for imaginative ways to connect, to get more experience using virtual meeting platforms, and to invite meaningful conversation. It also is designed to spur creative possibilities for those of you who are thinking about the wellness of communities most impacted by issues of inequity and injustice and those that are most vulnerable to the impacts of COVID-19.
What You Can Expect in this Session
– We will talk about our experiences with COVID-19 in our communities and the complexities we face as we aim to create connections and ideas around how to address pressing racial disparities in light of COVID-19 and Christian values.
– We will exchange tangible resources and share ideas about how to support justice-driven practices, even as we navigate different strategies for physical distancing and caring in this time.
– We will explore terrain related to what it feels like to be with other folks in virtual spaces, along with the impact of COVID-19.
– Some folks will be really familiar with gathering online, and some folks will be new to it. We’ll help each other out. There will be lots of exploration and experimentation. It will be messy.
– Together, we’ll make discoveries about working in groups that gather in virtual environments and see what we make of that.
What You’ll Need in Order to Meaningfully Participate
– Zoom, which can be downloaded here: https://zoom.us/download
– Zoom lets you connect in a variety of ways – from a laptop, phone app, or by dialing in. You can even combine things (for instance using the phone dial-in for audio and the computer video). Test your system here: https://zoom.us/test
– This isn’t a session on how to use Zoom, but you’ll get some good experience WITH Zoom during the time we’re together, and it might give you some ideas for how you can gather people in your own community online.
Learn more about Zoom: https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/articles/206618765-Zoom-Video-Tutorials
– Sound tends to be better when people wear headphones, but it’s fine for many people without them. FYI, when you join Zoom video will automatically be turned on. You can manually turn this off when you arrive.
– A quiet-enough space to hear the session and contribute yourself.
– Paper and a writing utensil.
– Some patience, your sense of humor, a little bit of a taste for adventure, or at least some curiosity.
The Episcopal Health Foundation Congregational Engagement Team works with the Episcopal congregations in the Episcopal Diocese of Texas to deepen their outreach ministries engaging in building healthy communities.