We are excited to share the full Schedule for the PHW Faith and Health Summit on Friday, October 20th! There is still time to register to be a part of this great event. PHW Health Leads and PHW Pastors are free. We are also offering travel reimbursements to help cover the cost for attendees!
Thursday, October 19th, 2017
Registration is full for the permaculture garden tours on Thursday afternoon, but there will be an OPTIONAL pre-registration, refreshments, and networking event on Thursday evening from 6pm-8pm at the Cafe in First Baptist Church in Greensboro.
Friday, October 20th, 2017
The main portion of the conference will be on Friday, October 20th! Friday will include a full day of workshops, fellowship, celebration, and worship!
Below you can find session titles, presenters, and descriptions:
Session 1 Options:
- Clergy Self Care led by The Rev Dr. Guy Brewer
Ministers devote their lives to caring for others, often in circumstances of trauma, grief, and overwhelming stress. Research in clergy health suggests that caregiver fatigue among pastors takes a heavy toll on the spiritual and emotional well-being of these persons over time, leading to burnout, relational breakdown, and a host of health problems. In this session, Dr. Brewer explores ways in which clergy and those who love them can develop intentional strategies for self-care that builds resilience and restores spiritual vitality and emotional health. This session will offer hope and practical steps that ministers can take to remain healthy, whole persons in the midst of the stresses of ministry. Clergy and laity participants are welcome.
- Food that LAUGHS led by The Rev. Stephanie Campbell and The Rev. Dr. Tracy Sexton
The way the church eats and invites others to eat says a lot about who God is. And the character and person of God has much to say about how we should eat and invite others to eat. Sadly, our own experiences have shown us that too often, the ways the church eats and invites others to eat does not glorify the God of Creation and New Creation as expressed in the biblical narrative, but often contributes to dis-ease and abundance for a few, rather than to the delight, gratitude and health God desires for all of Creation. Join us as we consider how to incorporate food that LAUGHS (Local, Affordable, Uncomplicated, Good, Healthy, Seasonal) at our tables in our churches, our homes, and our communities.
- Healthy Vessels: Ways to address Living Healthy with Chronic Disease led by Jeanne Dairaghi
Objectives: Describe the Healthy Aging NC Initiative of the NC Center for Health and Wellness · Review healthy aging research · Introduce Living Healthy Chronic Disease Self Management Programs · Practice activities and techniques that improve quality of life · Learn ways to share Living Healthy programs with your community.
- Healthy Aging led by Laura Bolton Plunkett
Individuals with chronic conditions spend only a few hours a year with their healthcare provider; yet, devote more than 5,000 hours a year managing the condition on their own. Additionally, 1 in 3 older adults experience a fall each year. Programs offered through the Piedmont Triad Regional Council Area Agency on Aging, and other Area Agencies on Aging across the state, provide evidence-based resources for individuals to feel confident to manage their day-to-day lives, build valuable skills and set goals to achieve better health. These, no cost to the participant, community health programs cover a wide range of health topics and are held in community settings. Come join an interactive session to learn how your congregation can help offer these programs in your community.
- Community Approaches to Food Insecurity led by Justine Post
Community Approaches to Food Insecurity, will explore collaborative and innovative approaches to addressing hunger and health in rural communities. We will discuss strategies for deepening community partnerships, working with those whom you serve, and learn about creative projects throughout rural North Carolina.
Session 2 Options:
- Community Gardening 101: Faith Community Edition led by Megan Gregory
As faith communities seek to ensure nutritious food for all, care for the Earth, and build relationships with neighbors, many are creating community gardens. In this workshop, you’ll learn key steps for organizing, designing, planting, and using a faith-based community garden. We will also explore ‘garden case studies’ that illustrate different management options, and show how congregations are using their gardens for food production, education, worship, and fellowship. Whether you’re starting a new garden or strengthening an established one, you’ll leave with useful practices and resources for achieving your goals.
- Childhood Obesity and Obesity Bias* CEU Track led by Lori Carter
Go in to any public space in the United States and look around. The prevalence of people with weight issues is affecting all ages, ethnicities and gender. The incidence of people who are obese was just over 36% in adults and 17% in youth (ages 2- 19) in 2011-2014.* With the prevalence of obesity increasing nationwide comes a bias against individuals with obesity. This attitude has been observed in health care settings, social circumstances and educational settings. During our time together, we will focus on the incidence of childhood obesity and obesity bias (also known as weight bias) and examine ways and resources to address this complex health concern.
- Sacred Foodscapes: Making the Food, Faith, and Climate Connection led by Susannah Tuttle.
There is nothing more basic to life than food. We literally are what we eat. The story of our food, how it is grown, by whom, where, under what circumstances, how it travels from farm to fork, and the transformations it undergoes has profound implications for our health, our spirits and our environment. This session will present NC Interfaith Power & Light’s Sacred Foodscapes program providing a collection of resources for congregations interested in responding to climate change through educating their members about climate-friendly food choices and engaging them in activities, such as organic gardening, that can inspire and have a positive impact.
- Harm Reduction Responses to the Opioid Overdose Crisis led by Robert Childs
A discussion on the harm reduction responses to the Opioid Overdose Crisis in North Carolina, which will include: syringe exchange programs, naloxone access, access to methadone/buprenorphine, safer injection facilities and Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (LEAD). This session will also include a discussion on the current opioid overdose trends in the United States and North Carolina, including the rise of fentanyl related deaths.
- Making Things Fair: Having an Equitable Mindset for Health Programs led by Kylie Foley
Many faith communities care about people in their congregations and communities without easy access to basic or specialized health services. These could include lower-income communities, people of color, elderly, children, single parents, and differently abled communities. How do we explore, with data, relationships, and community collaboration, the best way to partner with people that have natural or systematic barriers to good health? The session will interactively explore equity vs. equality, community narratives, language, and cultural humility.
Session 3 Options:
- Striving for Health and Wholeness led by The Rev. Bryan Hatcher
Congregations tackle mental health issues and substance abuse recovery. A conversation to help your congregation understand and respond helpfully to issues of mental health and substance abuse issues.
- Preaching for the Whole Self led by The Rev. Dr. Jennifer Copeland
Jesus was known to sum up love for God by pointing to all the ways we are human: heart, soul, strength, and mind (Luke 10:27) and imploring us to love God with all of them. If we are to love God so fully, we must insure that these temples of the Holy Spirit (I Cor. 6:19) flourish in all possible ways. Each gift of life comes with its own unique gifts and challenges, but all of us should have the means to live into the potential invested in us by the Creator. In this workshop, we’ll receive tips on reading scripture through the lens of our Whole selves and hearing anew about the great gift of life.
- Permaculture : Designing Regenerative Landscapes and Resilient Communities led by Matthew Gundlach
Can communities create abundance, health, and resilience despite the depletion of resources and widening inequality gaps? Can we design gardens and landscapes that are truly sustainable: growing food while building soil and caring for the land? Is there more to it than “going organic?”Permaculture is a design framework and an international movement that seeks positive, practical solutions using the patterns found in nature to find truly sustainable systems for both people and the land. This session will provide an introduction to the ethics and principles of permaculture, and how techniques from these principles have transformed landscapes and communities in every climate and bioregion. Participants will learn practical skills in seeing the problem as the solution, and how to see their homes, gardens, landscapes, neighborhoods, and towns through a permaculture lens.
- From Drama to Grace: A Systems Approach to Effective Communication in Health and Wellness* CEU Track led by Cathy Hasty
This workshop will be an abbreviated introduction to the Drama Triangle of Victim-Persecutor-Rescuer conceptual model along with an alternative model of Grace Circles which Cathy authored. This workshop explores helpful ways to use these frameworks to understand and intervene in the difficult situations often encountered by faith congregation nurses, chaplains, pastors, counselors, and chaplains. The presentation joins these conceptual model with a theological understanding oto deepen self-examination, ground pastoral identity, and enhance competence in health programming in complex congregational settings.
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