In Common 2021

In Common 2021 | Addressing Poverty 

Virtual Event

The Episcopal Health Foundation hosted the second virtual In Common gathering to focus on addressing poverty. Congregations gathered to learn how to work within their communities and alongside ministry partners to address the impacts of poverty, strengthen social networks, better understand food insecurity, and support mental health and wellbeing efforts.

Watch the Keynote Address

In Common 2021: Addressing Poverty began on Monday evening with a keynote address by Jeremy Everett, Founder and Executive Director of Baylor Collaborative on Hunger and Poverty. The keynote was titled, “Justice: Our Cultural Moment to Cultivate Common Ground for the Common Good.” 

Following the keynote address, The Rev. Steven Balke of St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church-Beaumont, facilitated a panel discussion on food security with guest panelists: Doree Collins, M.Ed., Unincluded Club, Temple; The Rev. Alex Montes-Vela, St. Mary Magdalene Episcopal-Manor; and The Rev. Dave Sugeno of Trinity Episcopal Church-Marble Falls.

Watch In Common's Workshops

Mental Health, Poverty, and Systems Change in Texas

***Sensitive content warning–stories from lived experience with mental health challenges are shared, including childhood trauma, abuse, and suicidality***

In this interactive workshop, participants deepened their understanding of the complex relationship between poverty and mental health. The workshop focused on a systems view of the policies and practices that are influenced by and influence poverty dynamics, while connecting these abstract ideas to examples and experiences of people in mental health recovery. Participants walked away with ways to identify how people in congregations can meaningfully support those navigating mental health and economic challenges in their own communities.

Guest presenters include:
Lynda Frost
, J.D., Ph.D., Lyfro Consulting
Anna Jackson, MSSW, Alpinista Consulting
Jason Johnson, Hill Country MHDD Centers

Practical Steps to Starting your Poverty Ministry

Want to create a ministry to address poverty or restart/refocus a ministry post pandemic? This workshop explored different approaches to impact poverty as a community focused ministry. Workshop presenters focused on how to develop one’s ministry approach, how to identify and recruit team members, how to survey one’s community for actual needs, and more.

Guest presenters include:
Doug Greco
, Lead Organizer, Central Texas Interfaith
The Rev. Bill Cruse, Associate, Kaleidoscope Institute
And EHF Staff