Faith, Spirituality, and Mental Health an online Panel Discussion (Zoom)

November 18, 2020 @ 6:30PM — 8:00PM

An online conversation about the role faith and spirituality play in the way we experience and seek help for mental health issues

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Ronice Felicia Latta, author of The Layover , Rabbi Randall Konisburg, from Beth Sholom B'nai Israel Synagogue, in Manchester, and Reverend Kate VanDerzee-Glidden, Pastor at the First Church of Christ Congregational, in Glastonbury will discuss about the role faith and spirituality play in the way we experience and seek help for mental health issues. The panel will be moderated by Dr. Jessica Van Denend, Chaplain at the Institute of Living, in Hartford.

This event is free. Registration is required.

About the Panelists

Ronice Felicia Latta is CEO of New Levels, LLC, a firm designed to help develop, equip and empower men and women to pursue a purpose-driven life. Ronice spent 26 years in various accounting positions within GE Capital before shifting her talents to entrepreneurship. Passionate about helping others obtain greater fulfillment and authentic success in their “next acts,” New Levels supports individuals on their journey from jobs and stifled careers to living in Purpose Prosperity. This is the state of moving from surviving to thriving as the person each one of us were created to be.

Ronice was inspired during a hiatus to write her debut book, The Layover: Devotionals for When You’re Between Where You Were and Where You’re Going. It was released in January 2020 by Trilogy/Trinity Broadcast Network.
Ronice’s unique career transition and tips has garnered her opportunities to be featured on News12 Connecticut’s “Our Lives” segment, Straight Talk No Sugar Added talk show, Radio1400AM, Motivate U Podcast, Secrets of a CPA Podcast, and at the Success Women’s Conference, to name a few.
Ronice is married to her husband, Lenwood Latta of 25 years, and mother to son, Jalen and daughter, Jordan.

Kate VanDerzee-Glidden is one of the pastors at First Church of Christ, Congregational, United Church of Christ, in Glastonbury, CT. She was ordained close to 12 years ago and has worked at First Church in various roles for over 17. First Church prides itself on being an open, welcoming and affirming congregation, which means people are welcome no matter their ethnicity, who they love, where they grew up, if they struggle with mental health challenges or how much money they have. A couple of years ago the First Church community started a Mental Health Ministry where the goal is to create a welcoming environment for anyone who needs support, with the goal of engaging and educating our community about mental health and its importance. The events sponsored by the Mental Health Ministry focus on education and support.

Rabbi Randall J. Konigsburg comes to Beth Sholom B’nai Israel with over 30 years of rabbinic experience, serving synagogues in Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach Counties in Florida, and most recently Birmingham, Alabama. He has also served as a chaplain for Hospice of Palm Beach County as well as a chaplain for the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office.

Rabbi Konigsburg graduated with a BA in Social Psychology from Florida Atlantic University. He received a B. Lit degree from the University of Judaism (now American Jewish University) in Los Angeles. He received a Master’s degree and ordination by the Jewish Theological Seminary of America and was awarded a Doctor of Divinity honoris causa in 2010. JTSA also awarded him the Simon Greenberg Award for Rabbinic Excellence.


Chaplain Jessica Van Denend is an ordained pastor and board-certified chaplain. She has worked in mental health and correctional settings in New York and Connecticut. She received a Master of Divinity and a Ph.D. in Religion and Psychology from Union Theological Seminary in New York. She lives in Hamden with her spouse, two sons, and chocolate lab.