Webinar: Part II: Putting People First: Initial Steps for Addressing Mental Illness in Faith Communities

Date: July 14, 2020

Time: 11:00 AM Central


The first steps for a faith community in addressing mental illness are reflected in the first two principles of the Compassion in Action Guide:

  1. The Inherent Dignity Principle: We Affirm the Inherent Dignity of Every Person
  2. The Illness Principle: We Acknowledge Mental Illness as an Illness

This webinar will highlight leaders who embody these principles in their work with faith communities. They will describe how their efforts are respectively building a sense of belonging for individuals with mental illness in faith communities and helping faith communities take mental illness seriously.


  • Jason Nieuwsma, PhD, Associate Director Mental Health and Chaplaincy, Department of Veterans Affairs
  • Steve Sullivan, MDiv, ThM, Chaplain, Community Engagement for the Mental Health and Chaplaincy, Department of Veterans Affairs
  • Sidney Hankerson, MD, MBA, Co-Director, Columbia University Wellness Center and Assistant Professor of Clinical Pschiatry at Columbia University’s College of Physicians and Surgeons.