MHI'S "WHY"

From Founder Rev. Amy Petré Hill, JD

MHI Ministries was founded in 2019 to create faith communities and spiritual resources of radical belonging that welcome individuals and families of all abilities into community life, leadership, friendship, and ministry.

As a former disability rights attorney, I know legal access to locations, jobs, and education is vital, but it is not enough. Everyone seeks to belong in a caring community because we all need a soul-deep experience of being recognized as sacred and necessary to the world’s well-being.


A desire to help individuals and families find and help create communities of radical fueled my journey into ministry. I have served as the Minister of Mental Health & Inclusion at Mountain View United Church (MVUC) in Aurora, Colorado, and partner with adults living with Intellectual and Developmental Differences in a shared ministry of learning, advocacy, and fellowship. I’m the Chair of the United Church of Christ Mental Health Network Board, the first faith-based non-profit helping faith communities from all traditions to become WISE Congregations for Mental Health, and work as the  LEND Spiritual Care Fellow at the University of Colorado Medical School's JFK Partners Center of Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD). 

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I received my law degree from the University of California Hastings College of the Law and my Master of Divinity degree with a Certificate of Pastoral Care from Iliff School of Theology. I completed two units of Clinical Pastoral Education at the Colorado psychiatric hospital at Fort Logan and the geriatric behavioral health unit at Porter Adventist Hospital.​ In May 2017, I partnered with Mountain View United Church to launch its WISE (Welcoming, Inclusive Supportive, and Engaged) Ministry, inviting all children and adults, including those living with mental health challenges, substance use disorders, and neurodevelopmental differences. 

I serve as the community chaplain to the Voices for Veterans Mental Health Council of Eastern Colorado, run a spiritual support group at Aurora Mental Health Center’s Community Connections program, and facilitate a NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) support group. 

​MHI Ministries grows out of all these experiences and offers support groups, training, and consultation, including WISE (Welcome, Inclusive, Supportive, and Engaged) for Mental Health Certification assistance. While I am grounded in the Christian tradition, my work is interfaith, and MHI is here to serve faith communities from all faith traditions.

I look forward to connecting and discussing how MHI Ministries can support you, your family, and your community!

Peace,

Amy

 

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