The HFC Connection
A Newsletter of The Holy Friendship Collaborative
July/August 2019
VISION:  The Holy Friendship Collaborative inspires the Church in Southern Appalachia (Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia) to follow the Biblical mandate to meet people in distress wherever they are, and extend to them Christ’s redeeming love.

Mission: The Holy Friendship Collaborative is a non-profit organization which is inspiring and mobilizing churches to address addiction in our region, primarily by facilitating “cohorts" of churches to take a “deeper spiritual dive” to faithfully understand “WHY” addressing addiction is a biblical mandate for churches, and to better discern ways of ministering in Biblically-Inspired ways to those suffering from addiction in our region. The Holy Friendship Collaborative has developed the  HFC Conversation Guide  for this Facilitation Process in partnership with Duke Divinity School’s Theology, Medicine, and Culture Initiative. We also encourage and facilitate community partnerships and the sharing of resources among churches and partnering organizations.

It is NOT TOO LATE for your church to join us for the first Congregational Cohort, which will be kicking off with an event called the “HFC Gathering” September 19-21. Please see the information at the end of the newsletter for information on the different pathways of involvement and how to sign up to participate. 

The HFC Gathering Event will be hosted and facilitated by the Holy Friendship Collaborative and our partners from Duke Divinity School:

Warren Kinghorn, M.D., Th.D., Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Pastoral and Moral Theology, Duke University Medical Center and Duke Divinity School, Staff Psychiatrist, Durham VA Medical Center
Brett McCarty, Th.D., Assistant Research Professor of Theological Ethics; Associate Director of the Theology, Medicine, and Culture Initiative; Instructor in Population Health Sciences, Duke School of Medicine
Rachel Meyer, B.A., Program Director, Reimagining Health Collaborative, Duke Divinity School; Director, Program Development and Operations with the Duke Clergy Health Initiative

To participate in the Holy Friendship Collaborative, please visit our website at . There is no fee to participate.

There are two pathways of participation:

1. Congregational Cohort Church (the “Deeper Dive”) - Each participating church must form a Cohort Group, including at least one member of church staff to commit to monthly meetings for 18 months to take this “deep dive” into spiritual discernment using the HFC Conversation Guide. Each participating church must commit to 2 to 4 members (including one staff person) attending the Regional HFC Gatherings with other Congregational Cohort Churches for times of education, sharing, and collaboration. The number of members of the group is to be determined by each church; HFC recommends groups no larger than 15 to 20, however larger groups will be accommodated.

If your church wishes to partner with other churches in your local community for the Congregational Cohort, this is an option. Each church simply expresses their desire to implement this option to the HFC Regional Facilitator, then signs up online as an individual Congregational Cohort Church. The Regional Facilitator will provide additional support to facilitate the collaborative “Community Cohort Churches” process. Each church will meet separately most months, and then come together for periodic Gatherings with the Community Cohort Churches throughout the process for study, discussion, prayer, and collaboration.

2. Friends of the HFC - The Holy Friendship Collaborative invites all interested individuals, organizations, and churches who are not participating in the Congregational Cohort to join this pathway. Friends of the HFC will receive a monthly newsletter email, the “HFC Connection”, which contains timely information and updates to keep you informed, educated, updated on events and trainings, and share service opportunities.

*subject to change

Thursday, September 19: (OPTIONAL)
2:00 pm - 5:15 pm -
Trauma Informed Care Training with Andrea Clements, Ph.D., Professor and Assistant Chair, Department of Psychology, East Tennessee State University; Co-Founder, The Holy Friendship Collaborative
5:15 pm - 6:00 pm-

6:00 pm - 8:30 pm-
Welcome, Dinner & Panel Conversation, with Dr. Warren Kinghorn (Duke Divinity School) & Special Guests

Friday, September 20:
8:00 am - 8:30 am -
Breakfast available

8:30 am - 5:15 pm - 
The Gathering: Cohort Churches Time to Learn and Share

Saturday, September 21:
8:00 - 8:30 am -
Breakfast available

8:30 - 12:00 pm -
The Gathering: Cohort Guide and Implementation Training

* Times subject to change;  
All events to be held at CoWork Bristol, 1227 Volunteer Parkway, Bristol, TN 37620 unless otherwise indicated; 
Meals included are Thursday Dinner, Friday Breakfast and Lunch, and Saturday Breakfast and Box Lunch

The Holy Friendship Collaborative can help churches and organizations find and/or organize trainings in Trauma Informed Care, Mental Health First Aid, Naloxone Administration, and other church leadership initiatives. To schedule a training, email the HFC at
for assistance.

Mental Health First Aid is an 8-hour course that teaches you how to help someone who may be experiencing a mental health or substance use challenge. The training helps you identify, understand and respond to signs of addictions and mental illnesses.

Or Contact: 
Brandy Maltsburger, LBSW, M.Ed.
Behavioral Health Coordinator- ACES
MHAT Project Coordinator- Appalachian Angel Aid
Frontier Health
Watauga Behavioral Health Services
109 West Watauga Avenue
Johnson City, TN 37604
423-232-2700 Main Office
423-895-4436 Cell
423-232-2714 Fax



Sunday Sept. 1 at 9:00 am
Logan Horne, HCS Peer Specialist
State Street UMC, Bristol

Tuesday, September 3 rd , Lunch
Logan Horne, HCS Peer Specialist 
Rotary Club of Bristol
“Stories of Addiction, Recovery and Community”

Wednesday Sept 4, 5:00pm
Logan Horne, HCS Peer Specialist
ACES/ Trauma Informed Care
State Street UMC, Bristol

Sunday Sept 8, 9:00 am
Rev. Becky Haas
State Street UMC, Bristol

Sunday Sept 8, 10:00am
Andrea Clements, PhD
A Conversation on Trauma, Addiction, and Support without Enabling
State Street UMC, Bristol

Tuesday, September 10th, Lunch
Andrea D. Clements, PhD
“Why it is important to become a Trauma Informed Region”

Monday, Sept. 16 th , 7:00pm
King University
Faith and Culture Medical Lecture
First Presbyterian Church
Farr Curlin, MD, Josiah C. Trent Professor of Medical Humanities in the Trent Center for Bioethics, Humanities and History of Medicine, Duke University
The Way of Medicine: A Profession to Heal

Tuesday, September 17th, Lunch
Farr Curlin, MD
Josiah C. Trent Professor of Medical Humanities in the Trent Center for Bioethics, Humanities and History of Medicine, Duke University
"Wisely Responding to Pain: Patristic Theology and Clinical Considerations"

Wednesday, September 18
Wonderful Wednesday Supper, Fellowship Hall
State Street UMC, Bristol

6:15 – 7:00PM
Wed. Night Program, Open Door Classroom
Brett McCarty , MDiv., ThD
Assistant Research Professor of Theological Ethics at Duke Divinity School and
Instructor in Population Health Sciences in Duke's School of Medicine
"Medicalization and Agency in the Opioid Crisis"

Official Kickoff Gathering of 1st HFC Cohort
CoWork Bristol
1227 Volunteer Parkway
Bristol, TN
Hosted by: Holy Friendship Collaborative

Adoration 2019
East Tennessee State University Mini Dome
Free and open to the public, Adoration 2019 is a day in the Fall when different church congregations, pastors, community leaders, outreach organizations, college students, families, and thousands of citizens come together for a common purpose: to celebrate the Lordship of Jesus Christ through prayer and worship and to collaborate on how to restore Appalachia from drug abuse. Be the Official Representative for your church by registering here:


The National Prescription Drug Take Back Day addresses a crucial public safety and public health issue. According to the 2017 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 6 million Americans misused controlled prescription drugs. The study shows that a majority of abused prescription drugs were obtained from family and friends, often from the home medicine cabinet.
If you missed this year's National Prescription Drug Take Back Day on April 27th, it is NEVER TOO LATE to turn in and safely dispose of your unused prescription drugs in order to prevent drug addiction and overdose deaths.
Go to this website to find out WHERE you can easily and conveniently dispose of your unused prescription drugs:
The Holy Friendship Collaborative
For inquiries, email