Mental Health Symposium
By: The Church and Mental Health
Mental Health Ministry at Matthews United Methodist Church
Matthews United Methodist Church “intentionally “embraces individuals who experience mental health challenges and their families through Hope for Minds and Hearts, a mental health ministry started in 2021. The ministry provides support groups and monthly educational workshops on a variety of mental health topics; the first education session dealt with the issue of stigma related to mental health disorders. At Matthews, Hope for Minds and Hearts hopes to lesson stigma through education, support, and ongoing discussion of mental health issues. Matthews UMC is hosting There’s Hope: The Church and Mental Health, its second annual symposium on the church’s role in mental health ministry on October 27, 2022 at 7:00PM in the Commons.
Symposium experts will include Dr. Warren Kinghorn, Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Duke University, Co-Director of the Theology, Medicine & Culture Initiative at Duke Divinity School, and Professor of the Practice of Pastoral and Moral Theology. Among Dr. Kinghorn’s passions is helping the church bring “hope” to those affected by mental illness.
Todd Clark, PhD has many years of clinical and administrative experience in a variety of behavioral health settings. He is the Chief Administrative Officer of Minds Renewed, a NC based national consortium of mental health experts, clergy, and business professionals whose motto is “A Christ-like Response to Mental Health. Dr. Clark is a frequent speaker on topics related to mental health ministry and the spirit-mind-body connection. As the son of a pastor, he thought the church was his home.
Dr. Gina Duncan is a psychiatrist with the Eastover Psychological & Psychiatric Group in Ballantyne and a Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association. She serves as a special adviser to Minds Renewed; special interests include the intersection of spirituality and psychiatry and faith and community-based programs to address mental health disparities. Her past experience includes developing a church based mental health promotion project.
Matthews UMC leadership and laity seek to inspire all faith-based communities to be “intentional” in ministering to anyone affected by mental illness. We hope to see you on October 27, 2022 at 7:00 PM for this educational and inspiring symposium.
Learn more: https://matthewsumc.org/groups/hope-for-minds-and-hearts/
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