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FaithNet Newsletter: June 2008

In this issue:

  • NAMI FaithNet at 2008 Convention
  • Recovery Cafe: Spiritual Nourishment in Seattle
  • Duke University Offers Summer Research Workshops
  • Erase the Stigma Conference at National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows
  • A Father's Day Gift with Meaning: NAMI's Father's Day Tribute

June 13-16: Make Your Plans for NAMI's 2008 National Convention!
Tomorrowland Today: Making Recovery Real

Join NAMI FaithNet activities at the 2008 Convention in Orlando, Florida.

  • Saturday, June 14 | 9:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
    NAMI FaithNet will sponsor a networking meeting.
  • Sunday, June 15 | 4:00 p.m. - 5:15 p.m.
    Dr. Gunnar Christiansen will moderate a workshop, "Mental Illness and Families of Faith: Creating Caring Congregations." Rev. Susan Gregg-Schroeder of Mental Health Ministries will speak about her experiences with faith communities and Rev. Craig Rennebohm, a Chaplain with the Mental Health Chaplaincy in Seattle and author of Souls in the Hands of a Tender God, will speak about his ministry with homeless individuals.

For more information, visit NAMI 2008 National Convention.

Recovery Café: Spiritual Nourishment in Seattle

Recovery Café, unlike other homeless or drop-in shelters in Seattle, focuses on the journey of recovery and healing related to mental illness, addiction, trauma and loss.

Five days a week, in two-hour, daily sessions, participants can take part in "The School for Recovery." The school, led by clergy members, counselors and volunteers, helps people develop cognitive and self-management skills, while also exploring intimacy and relationship issues.

Participants also meet regularly in Recovery Circles, which include meditation, check-ins and sharing, and offer support and accountability as individuals work towards their recovery.

The café, now in its fourth year, is an outgrowth of the New Creation Community, a Christian congregation that meets in the café for worship every Sunday evening.

Read more about the Recovery Café in the Seattle Post-Intelligencer.

Duke University Offers Summer Research Workshops

July 21-25, 2008 and August 11-15, 2008

The Center for Spirituality, Theology and Health at Duke University Medical Center will offer summer workshops that compress a two-year post-doctoral fellowship into five days. It is the only place in the world where specific training on how to conduct research on religion, spirituality and health can be obtained from people who have been active in the field for nearly 25 years.

Due to the intense nature of this training that includes individual mentorship, workshops are limited to 20 participants each. There may be limited scholarships available for those demonstrating extreme need and promising academic careers, and would be awarded on a competitive basis.

It is important to register early. More information on the workshops and registration can be found online

Erase the Stigma Conference at National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows

August 22–23, 2008

The National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows will host the annual Erase the Stigma of Mental Illness Conference in August, which focuses on mental illness and spirituality.

Dr. Bryce Sullivan, professor of psychology and dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Belmont University, and Fr. Joe Nassal, CPPS, Leadership Team for the Kansas City Province Congregation of the Most Precious Blood, will be the keynote speakers.

Our Lady of the Snows is located in Belleville, Illinois, 15 minutes east of downtown St. Louis. Registration requested by August 8, 2008.

For additional information, visit their web site or contact Judy Williamson at 618-394-6270 or

A Father's Day Gift with Meaning: NAMI's Father's Day Tribute

This June, NAMI is honoring fathers and all the men in our lives who guide, support and strengthen us in so many ways.

Donate online and you will have the opportunity to honor Dad with NAMI's online Father's Day Tribute.

Your contribution will be a tribute to all the fathers in your life and will help NAMI support the many fathers, mothers, sons and daughters whose lives are affected by serious mental illness.

Make a Tribute Gift | View Father's Day Tribute

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