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Greensboro College will host a regional summit April 16 on ways in which faith communities and behavioralhealth systems can better collaborate.

The keynote speaker will be Kevin Hines, a suicide-prevention activist and author. Hines, who survived a jump from San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge when he was 19, has been honored by the Marines and the Veterans Administration for his work with veterans.

Also speaking will be former U.S. Rep. Ron Barber, who was wounded in the 2011 attempt on the life of U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and later succeeded her, and Dr. Kyle Horton, a physician who treats veterans and worked for the recent passage of the Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention for American Veterans Act.

Breakout sessions will feature top names from the behavioral-health and faith communities, and focus on topics ranging from pastoral counseling, immigrant mental health, the changing role of pastoral and prison chaplains, and how to serve a variety of populations.

The event is being coordinated in collaboration with Greensboro College leadership by two of the college’s visiting faculty members: Robert Wineburg, 2014-2015 Visiting Scholar of Religion and Community Service, and the Rev. Odell Cleveland, Adjunct Professor of Religion and Community Ministry. Wineburg and Cleveland are at Greensboro College during 2014-2015 to help build and consolidate the college’s service role in the context of its affiliation with the United Methodist Church.

“What Odell and I have seen is that often, a person’s faith community may end up being his first responder in a behavioral-health crisis, yet so many ministers and other faith leaders simply don’t feel prepared to respond appropriately,” Wineburg said. “The system is such that even if they knew they had to refer someone out, they would not know where to start. The summit is not just about education – it is to connect people who ought to connect but don’t know how systemically.”

“This summit is being held as a response to the cries of this community and of communities across the land,” Cleveland said. “We are going to help make people in these fields aware of all the good that can happen when the behavioral-health community and the faith community work together.”


On Monday fire trucks were called to the corner of Spruce Street and Second Street in downtown Winston- Salem responding to a 911 call regarding a fire. Before fire trucks arrived on the scene, onlookers gathered outside of the BB&T bank to see smoke billowing out of Wen Hwa Asian Fusion Cuisine.

Unfortunately, due to oil that boiled over and reached a hot stove, the kitchen caught fire and sent flames pouring out of the flue. Local Fox News affiliate reported that the damages will cost upwards of $165,000.

No employees were injured during the course of the fire. Nine fire trucks arrived on the scene to work the fire, but by the time the crew arrived most of the flames had subsided. The back door was wide open prior to the firefighters arriving, sending a plume of black smoke out and onto Spruce Street. The entire stretch of Spruce between Second and First Street was a haze.

Having arrived at the restaurant prior to firefighters, YES! was able to get photographs of the scene before the flames were extinguished and while the firefighters worked through the damages and smoke. !