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Wyoming Interfaith Network Sunday Message, August 3, 2019

Wyoming Interfaith Network Sunday Message, August 3, 2019

Hello all, welcome to the Sunday message, I have some exciting news to share with you. The annual meeting for the Wyoming Interfaith Network has been scheduled for Thursday, September 5th, 8:30AM to 4:00PM, then 6:00PM to 8:00PM, and Friday, September 6th, 8:30AM to noon. It was decided by a poll of the Board of Directors to have the meeting on Thursday and Friday, rather than the usual Friday and Saturday. We all hope that this does not create a problem for you so far as attendance goes, “nothing ventured, nothing gained” as the saying goes. The big reason was to get Pastors back to their homes without feeling that need to rush home to prepare for Sunday. So, we’ll see how this works. I do invite you to visit the website, (just google Wyoming Interfaith Network) There is lots of good information to be found there. It may take a little searching around, as the site is still a work in progress. Nevertheless, please feel free to check it out. We have a great slate of speakers lined up, and the focus will be, as directed by the Board, on mental health, both for children and adults, and some specific work aimed at just childhood issues.

For the Thursday afternoon session, 2:30PM to 4:30PM, we have lined up Lillian Zuniga, from the Wyoming Office of Health Equity, (who happens to also be a past Peace and Justice team member), along with Rosa Salamanca, U.S. Dept. of Justice, Senior Conciliation Specialist for the Community Relations Service. The two of them will present together on the subject of inequities in Wyoming. They will highlight the work of the Office of Health Equity (Lillian) and of the Community Relations Service (Rosa). They will re-visit programs completed with partners in the community to assist in moving health equity forward and addressing the social determinants of health on the Wind River Reservation. The partnership collaborated on issues around poverty, discrimination, mental health, housing, food deserts and access to care.

For Thursday evening, 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Sharon Weber from Magellan Health will speak about a method of supporting and empowering families. High Fidelity Wraparound is a process that brings together a family’s support to empower and promote self-efficacy, creating a family and community system for healing and supporting youth who have mental health challenges. This presentation will look at how High Fidelity Wraparound works, how a community fits into the process and possible next steps for your respective communities.

Then, we have Rob Johnston, Executive Director of the Wyoming Health Council, and who also is a representative to the LGBTQ Governor’s Behavioral Health Advisory Commission. Rob is scheduled for Friday morning, 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM, and will speak on “Mental health Issues in Wyoming: An Air View of the Under or Marginally Served and the Critical Parachute that can be provided by the Faith Community.

The meeting will be at First United Methodist Church in Casper, 302 East 2nd St, 82601. Phone 307.262.7872, the church office in case you get lost. Lunch on Thursday will be an “on your own” at a local restaurant of your choice, and dinner is still in the planning stage. So far as breakfast goes, we will have some snacks and, of course, donuts!

So come one, come all, and take advantage of this unique opportunity for listening and learning, and absorb some interesting and useful information and understanding of how many people are confused and lost when it comes to mental health and children, as well as pertinent information as regards how Faith Communities and local communities can work together for a common solution to common problems.

Please pass the word around, share with friends, neighbors and your particular faith community members, inviting them to come and be a part of this great opportunity to share information about your own interactions with any or all of these issues in your own community, or even in your own life. There will be time for questions after each presentation, so wear your thinking caps and see how the issues discussed affect you or someone you know.

Attached is the agenda, and if you want to experience the Board meeting goings ons, or if you wish to have your voice heard at the Annual Meeting, please be sure to attend the Thursday morning sessions. If you are a member in good standing, you have a voice and vote at the Annual Meeting.

I so look forward to seeing you all there (some of that is wishful thinking, but the more, the merrier!) I do ask one thing, if you can, please RSVP to me so I can get a head count for seating and meals, and really talk this event up to your fellows, it will be well worth the effort, there will be something for everyone to take home!

Peace and blessings to all,

Carl R. Carmichael, member Wyoming Interfaith Network Board of Directors, United Methodist faith community representative

WIN Peace and Justice team leader.

307.421.7575 cell (call anytime, I am generally available or will get back to you shortly if you leave a message.)

carmichael.carl@gmail.com (again, email anytime, I check it regularly)

I will be in and out of town for the next week, but will check in regularly, so leave me a message, and don’t forget to add your phone number!

Schedule of Events, Wyoming Interfaith Network Annual Meeting

Thursday, September 5, 2019

8:30 AM – Gathering and Registration

9:00 AM – Worship – Rabbi Larry

9:30 AM – Board of Directors meeting

11:00 AM – Annual Meeting

Lunch – Restaurant of your choice

2:30 PM – Speakers, Lillian Zuniga, Wyoming Health Disparities Council, Rosa Salamanca, U.S. Dept. of Justice Senior Conciliation Specialist for the Community Relations Service

Topic: Procedural Equity: An overview of select inequities in Wyoming. They will highlight the work the Wyoming Office of Health Equity and U.S. Community Relations Service programs were completed with partners in the community assisting in moving health equity forward and addressing the social determinants of health on the Wind River Reservation. The partnership collaborated on issues around poverty, discrimination, mental health, housing, food deserts and access to care.

5:00 PM – Dinner (to be determined)

6:00 PM to 8:00 PM – Sharon Weber,

Topic: High Fidelity Wraparound: A Process to Support and Empower Families. High Fidelity Wraparound is a process that brings together a family’s support to empower and promote self-efficacy, creating a family and community system for healing and supporting youth who have mental health challenges. This presentation will look at how High Fidelity Wraparound works, how a community fits into the process and possible next steps for your community.

Friday, September 6, 2019

8:30 AM – Gathering

9:00 AM – Worship – (leader to be determined)

9:30 AM – Rob Johnston, Executive Director, Wyoming Health Council, LGBTQ Representative to the Governor’s Behavioral Health Advisory Commission.

Topic: Mental Health Issues in Wyoming: An Air View of the Under or Marginally Served and the Critical Parachute that can be provided by the Faith Community

11:45 AM – Closing words, Carl

[Please go to https://www.wyointerfaith.org/donate/ and make either a one-time donation or set up a monthly donation. Monthly donations provide a more even revenue stream and can be used as a reliable projection of income. You can also send a check made out to Wyoming Interfaith Network to PO Box 1473, Laramie, WY 82073].

Peace and Blessings,

Wyoming Interfaith Network Peace and Justice team leader,

Carl Carmichael

carmichael.carl@gmail.com

894 Olympus Drive, Sheridan, WY 82801

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