Westminster Seminars

Event details

  • Sunday | February 18, 2018
  • 09:45 AM - 10:45 AM
  • Galbreath Chapel
  • 412-835-6630

Creating Sacred Space for Our Mental Health

February 18 – How Do We Develop a Culture of Caring, Openness, and Welcome
February 25 – Creating Sacred Space: The Kintsugi Worship Experience

Rev. Jeff Eddings, Hot Metal Bridge Faith Community
Autumn Brownlee, Mental Health Therapist
Lynn Holden, Licensed Professional Counselor and Spiritual Director

The church is often on the forefront of meeting the physical needs of those who come through their doors. However, the church has been less effective in attending to the emotional and mental health needs of those same individuals in ways that are helpful or hopeful.

This seminar series will focus on how the church can create sacred and holy space for people who are experiencing mental health concerns and illness. While we all have a mental health story to tell, some of us have greater need in this area than others. How do we begin to incorporate people with chronic and persistent mental health struggles into the life, ministry, and worship of the church? Come and hear how Hot Metal Bridge Faith Community has made intentional efforts to find hopeful and healing ways to bring spirituality and mental health together in the church setting.


Jeff Eddings (www.jeffeddings.com) is a founding pastor of Hot Metal Bridge Faith Community, where he has been since 2004. He recently took on the role of coaching associate for the 1001 New Worshiping Communities of the PC(USA). He lives on the South Side with his wife Carolyn, sons Ben and Sam, and their dogs Luna and Duncan.

Autumn Brownlee is a therapist at Pittsburgh Pastoral Institute. She is currently working as community therapist at Hot Metal Bridge Faith Community and provides services for their community meal ministry, The Table. She is passionate about the potential of mental health and healing within supportive communities. She lives in Dormont with her husband Brent, and her two daughters Iris and Margot.

Lynn Holden (www.lynnholden.com) is a spiritual director and licensed professional counselor who works from a model of personal and spiritual growth. Her private practice extends beyond her Wexford office to include contemplative retreats, teaching, consulting, and facilitating groups. She and her husband are longtime members of Glenshaw Presbyterian Church, elders in the PC(USA), and the parents of two adult children and two aging cats.