Please check out the new and vastly improved EMIN website at www.eminnews.org to see what a difference Shelley Adams has made. There is a wealth of information, new resources, and connections to other helpful sites.
When we lost all our web content, I had a tech-savvy friend start a new one for us with some material that I had, but it was only a fraction of what used to be there. I had great hopes for getting it built back up, but didn’t know where that help was coming from. Out of the clear blue sky appeared Shelley Adams, who contacted me and wanted to help resurrect our EMIN site.
Sure, there are still miracles around, but I don’t count on them very often, but…
Shelley Adams, website miracle worker and mental health advocate:
Shelley’s journey in mental health advocacy began in April 2006, the same month that she found the Episcopal Church. That spring, while in the process of applying to an ecumenical divinity school, she made a number of life-changing decisions. Yet, for a young woman once distrustful of the church and guarded about her diagnoses of depression and AD/HD, two of these decisions—to openly disclose and share her experiences with mental illness and to join an Episcopal congregation—stand apart. Though they mark the radical re-orientation she experienced during this period of her life, Shelley finds more significance in their continuing influence in shaping her life.
Shelley holds a B.A. in Anthropology from Wake Forest University. In the future, she hopes to complete her M.Div., but explains that the thought of being called to ordained ministry is accompanied by “an undeniable urge to go hide under the bed.”
Shelley currently serves on the Bishop’s Committee on Accessibility in the Diocese of North Carolina and the Advisory Board for Episcopal Campus Ministries of Winston-Salem. She can be found on Twitter @ShelleyVAdams or on Sunday mornings at St. Anne’s Episcopal Church in Winston-Salem, NC.