Program and Breakout Groups will include:
- What churches and individuals can do to PREVENT and INTERVENE when signs of suicide are present
- How to affirm life and build support systems for people experiencing mental health crises
- How to create a sense of belonging in faith & other communities
- The importance of replacing unsafe religious messaging with welcoming, compassionate and inclusive language
The presenter is Rev. Rachael Keefe, an interfaith speaker, currently pastor of Living Table United Church of Christ in Minneapolis, MN. She’s uniquely suited as presenter on topics related to mental health, suicide, and the role of faith communities. She served as Clinical Chaplain at the State Psychiatric Hospital in New Hampshire working with patients, staff, clergy, and churches to increase understanding and welcome of persons living with mental illness. She has served on the New Suicide Prevention Council. Since her ordination in 1992, Rachael has served in diverse ministry setting, traditional and non-traditional. She has a Master of Divinity degree from Princeton Thelogical Seminary, a Masters from Princeton in Christian Education and Counseling, and a doctoral degree (DMin) from Andover Newton Theological School.
**This is a community event