Refresh Your Soul 2015

Living with Purpose, Hope and Healing

Episcopal Retirement Homes’ Parish Health Ministry is proud to announce that Mitch Albom, bestselling author of Tuesdays with Morrie, will serve as keynote speaker for the 2015 Refresh Your Soul Conference.

Registration is now open for the event, which will be held at Landmark Church in Sharonville on Saturday, February 28, from 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The Diocese of Southern Ohio is the title sponsor for the conference.

If you are a lay caregiver, health professional, or anyone involved in health ministries, then this inspirational and informative day is for you. The conference theme is Living with Purpose, Hope and Healing. Keynote speaker Albom will share life lessons learned from his former college professor Morrie Schwartz as he battled Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, or ALS. Albom journaled their precious time together as a heartfelt project to assist with the expenses of his beloved professor, the result becoming a bestselling book which has changed the lives of millions around the world.

We are also excited to welcome Dr. William Hablitzel, M.D. and Brooke Billingsley as conference presenters. Hablitzel, an internist in southern Ohio and award-winning author, will inspire our attendees with his Secrets for Healing and how all people, not just medical professionals, can bring healing into their lives and work. Hablitzel explains the premise for his secrets starts with understanding the difference between healing and curing. Healing is not necessarily going to see the doctor. Many people mistakenly think healing means curing. When we walk out of the doctor’s office wanting more, the “more” is what healing is. If we explore that “more,” we can find healing.

Billingsley, a national speaker, author, co-owner and CEO of Perception Strategies, Inc., the nation’s largest health-care mystery shopping company, inspires, affirms and motivates individuals on the positive healing impact they can have with others. Living life with intention became very clear for Billingsley when she was surprised with a cancer diagnosis in 2011. She will share with us Hope and the Human Experience, her personal journey of how she learned the importance of hope in the midst of healing. “We see our healing through the hopeful words and actions of our caregivers.”

ERH Parish Health Ministry (PHM) is celebrating 16 years of service to congregations and organizations in central and southern Ohio and Northern Kentucky. Many lives have been changed and continue to be impacted as a result of the programs developed or supported by this ministry. The annual Refresh Your Soul conferences act as the primary fundraiser for PHM, with 100% of the proceeds from each conference benefiting the ministry and helping it to achieve its long-term goal of becoming a self-supporting program.

The PHM program has worked with over 135 churches assisting them with the development or enhancement of a health ministry program, resulting in over 357,196 contacts made by more than 700 volunteers, contacts who have touched lives in a meaningful way. Our vision, “The lives we touch will experience wholeness of body, mind, and spirit,” has become a reality.

Registration, exhibitors and continental breakfast for the 2015 Refresh Your Conference open at 7:30 a.m. The conference starts promptly at 8:30 a.m. No registrations will be accepted at the door. The cost of registration without contact/clock hours is $59 early bird discount and $69 starting February 1. Registration costs with contact/clock hours is $79 for the early bird discount and $89 on Feb. 1. All requests for refunds must be received no later than Wednesday, Feb. 11.

A block of rooms has been reserved at a discounted room rate of $85 plus tax per night at the nearby Crowne Plaza Hotel in Blue Ash until Feb. 13. You can book your room by calling 513.793.4500. Be sure to mention “Refresh Your Soul” when registering.

To learn more about contact/clock hour information or to register, please visit www.parishhealthministry.com/RYS. For additional information or questions, please contact Rebecca at 513.272.5555, ext. 4285 or rschroer@erhinc.com.

The Rev. Rhonda Johnson serves as Parish Health Ministry Coordinator for Episcopal Retirement Homes. Contact her at rjohnson@erhinc.com.