Supporting mental health and wellness for all ages in the church.

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• Have you ever been uncertain with how best to support a youth struggling with thoughts of suicide or self-harm?
• Do you sometimes feel ill-equipped to care for the people in your congregations living with mental health challenges or experiencing crisis?
• Do you struggle to understand the limits of your role or to maintain appropriate boundaries and healthy balance in your ministry?

Join with other faith formation leaders – clergy, lay, and volunteers – for a day of learning, story sharing, reflection, singing, and worship. This ConNext Community Event will equip those in ministry to walk with individuals and families living with depression, suicidality, and other mental health challenges. We will create and hold space for participants to share stories, bring questions, and wonder together about ways their congregations can become more welcoming places to support people on their journey toward healing and wholeness.

Rev. Dr. Rachael Keefe is the author of “The Lifesaving Church: Faith Communities and Suicide Prevention” and pastor of Living Table United Church of Christ in Minneapolis, MN. She presents on topics related to the church and mental health, particularly suicide and congregations.

Keefe has graduate degrees from Princeton Theological Seminary and Andover Newton Newton Theological School. She is a painter and a published poet.

Hans Peterson uses his gift of music as an expression of his view that all creation is sacred. Hans has toured with a musical group to West Africa, worked as a youth director/worship leader, and served homeless men in a Catholic Worker House.

Peterson holds a masters in theology and arts from United Seminary in the Twin Cities. He now lives in Jordan, Minnesota, where he teaches music and private lessons at St. John’s School.

February 26, 2019
9:30 Registration and Refreshments

Oak Grove Presbyterian Church
2200 West Old Shakopee Road
Bloomington, MN 55431

$30 registration, including all resources and lunch.