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Annual Clergy Day on June 6 designed for seminarians, chaplains and lay pastoral caregivers

"Psychiatry and Ministry: Partners in Care" is the title of Upstate's 21st annual Clergy Day, held Thursday, June 6 at the Hutchings Psychiatric Center Auditorium, 810 E. Genesee St., Syracuse. The teaching morning is designed to help clergy and other interested people learn about the reality of mental illness. Diagnosis, treatment options and building pastoral skills to minister to those suffering with mental illness will be explored.

Clergy Day is free, but registration is due by June 1, by calling Upstate Connect at 1-315-464-8668.

The day begins at 8 a.m. with registration in the Cedar Cafe, 810 E. Genesee St., including a continental breakfast and time for fellowship.

Rev. Terry Culbertson from the Department of Spiritual Care will speak about "Mental Illness and the Modern Pastoral Care Movement," and Upstate psychiatrists Jason Stepkovitch, MD will speak on "Notes from Real Life Psychiatry," and Georgian Mustata, MD will speak on "Somatic, Psychological and Spiritual Therapies: A Hopeful Encounter." Then a panel discussion will include a former patient, a congregational clergy member and psychiatric chaplains.

A closing blessing takes place at noon.