Increasing capacity for mental health ministry
Faith Connections on Mental Illness is a coalition of religious groups focusing on ministry to the mentally ill. The North Carolina Conference and the Burlington District are coalition members.
On Friday, April 1, Faith Connections on Mental Illness holds its annual conference at St. Thomas More Catholic Church in Chapel Hill. For 2011 the theme is "Mental Illness as a Spiritual Journey: Creating Caring Communities." The event gets underway at 8:30 a.m. and concludes at 4:00 p.m., with continental breakfast and a box lunch included in the $25 registration fee.
NC Conference members Steve Hickle and Donna Banks are among the leaders of the event. The keynote speaker is Rev. Susan Gregg-Schroeder, an elder in the California-Pacific Conference and founder of Mental Health Ministries.
For pastors pursuing continuing education, the program offers 0.5 CEUs. But space is limited, so if you are interested, please inquire promptly. Further information is here.
John James, M.A.
Research Analyst, Clergy Health Initiative