Gregg-Schroeder: As a consumer and a member
of the clergy, the Rev. Susan Gregg-Schroeder brings the wisdom of her ongoing
journey and struggles with depression to offer
universal truths about spirituality
during difficult times. In sharing six gifts of the
shadow, she encourages others to discover opportunities for growth, change
and transformation. She
will also provide a brief history of how mental illness has been understood since Biblical times and
suggest ways to integrate spirituality into the treatment and recovery process.
The Rev. Susan Gregg-Schroeder founded Mental Health Ministries in 2001 to provide media and print educational resources to help erase the stigma of mental illness in our faith communities. Her DVD set, Mental Illness and Families of Faith: How Congregations Can Respond, offers eight shows on a variety of mental health issues. Susan shares her personal journey with clinical depression in her book, In the Shadow of God’s Wings; Grace in the Midst of Depression. She works with several national groups including serving on the Advisory Committee for the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) FaithNet and Board of Directors for Pathways to Promise.
UCCDM concerns on The UCC Executive Committee.
Ann is blind and is becoming increasingly hard of hearing. She has been a care giver to family members with cancer, depression, dementia and post-stroke disabilities.
She is a member of the Nu’uanu Congregational Church in Honolulu. Blessed by the cultural richness and natural splendor of her home state of Hawaii, Ann is privileged for more than four decades to have served college students with disabilities toward equity of opportunity.
She has advocated for equal access for persons with a wide range of disabilities in public transportation, communication, rehabilitation, library services, employment, higher education, etc. Her approach has been one of conversion by education rather than coercion, believing that ignorance rather than malcontent is behind acts of exclusion and discrimination.
|Jerry Hancock, an ordained minister
in the United Church of Christ, entered the ministry
after working for more than 30 years in the criminal
justice system. In February, 2006, Rev. Hancockbecame
the Director of the Prison Ministry Project. The
Project is an outreach ministry of the United Church
of Christ. Its challenge is to serve prisoners and
their families, engage the wider church in prison
issues and to be an advocate for prison reform. Rev.
Hancock is a graduate of Colorado College, The
University of Wisconsin Law School and Chicago
Parrish Lucas has discerned that the issue of
accessibility and our churches is part of her call
to ministry. Kelli lives with all of the both/ands
of having being born with disability, and acquiring
disabilities, as well as a passion for exploring all
the topics of disability ministries with others.
Kelli completed research into the ecumenical
responses to disability in addition to studying
disability ministry/theology in seminary. Kelli has
served as a chaplain in mental health facilities and
is currently serving as a hospice chaplain in San
Diego County, CA.
|Craig Rennebohm is
a UCC pastor who has worked for the last 23 years on
the streets with individuals who are homeless and
struggling with serious mental illness, substance
abuse issues and PTSD. He is the author of Souls
in the Hands of a Tender God, and will be
leading a workshop on Organizing a Congregational
Mental Health Team. Craig has recently taken on the
role of Executive Director of Pathways to Promise, a
national multi-faith resource for mental health
workshop leaders are Susan Gregg-Schroeder, Kathy
Reeves, Peggy Dunn Davis, and Alan Johnson.
|Chairs of the Hosting Organizations|
serves as a current co-chair of the UCC Disabilities
Ministries Board. She is a co-pastor with her husband
John to the folks of Saint Paul United Church of
Christ. John and Jeanne have two adult sons who live
in St. Paul, MN. Jeanne is a person with life-long
disabilities and an acquired one within the last few
years. She has chosen to understand the life-long ones
as gifts and burdens. Jeanne’s interests are in
theology, pastoral care and opera.
|Peggy Dunn Davis serves
as a current co-chair of the UCC Disabilities
Ministries Board. She is ordained in the UCC, is
pastor of the Union Congregational Church UCC of South
Bristol Maine and the Director
of the Maine Conference Academy for Congregational
Life and Leadership. She has a passion about
inclusion, resourcing and encouraging congregations to
become Accessible to All (A2A). She
has been affected by mental illness, substance abuse
and acquired brain injury in her extended family.
Johnson is the current chair of the UCC Mental
Illness Network, the chair of his church’s Accessible
to All/Mental Health Ministry and a founder of the
Interfaith Network on Mental Illness
(Boulder, CO). He worked in the national setting of the UCC from 1979-1995. He has been affected by mental illness, substance abuse, and suicide in his family and has recovered from a stroke.
Lynda Bigler, Lake Oswego, OR