Becoming a WISE Congregation for Mental Health – the 10 Steps
Learn how to become a WISE Congregation: a Welcoming, Inclusive, Supportive, and Engaged church offering radical belonging with those living with mental health challenges, brain differences, and substance use disorders. We will cover the history of the WISE Congregation program, the current mental health challenges all our congregations face, particularly minority and LGBTQIA+ community members, and practical advice on overcoming common challenges and emerge a WISE Congregation on Mental Health.
Rev. Shernell Edney Stilley currently serves as the Associate Conference Minister for Congregational Vitality in the New York Conference. Her programmatic responsibilities include: Faith Reconciliation, Community Re-Discovery, Social Justice Empowerment, Revitalization Strategies, and Oversight of New Church Start programs.
Rev. Amy Petré-Hill is the Minister of Mental Health and Inclusion at Mountain View United Church in Aurora, Colorado, and the Spiritual Care Fellow at the Univ. of Colorado Medical School’s Neurodevelopmental Differences program. She previously worked as a disability rights attorney and is now the spiritual advisor to the Voices for Veterans Mental Health Council of Eastern Colorado and nationally certified Mental Health First Aid instructor.
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