the UCC Mental Health Network Blog
Welcome to the United Church of Christ Mental Health Network (UCC MHN) blog, The Journey. Our weekly posts will explore mental health and addiction through the lens of our Christian faith. We will write about how our personal experiences affect our lives and how our spirituality supports our journey. Everyone who is living with a mental health or addiction disorder, or has a loved one who is affected by a mental health challenge or addiction, is on a journey. Together we can connect with each other and share some ways to travel the path of hope and wholeness.
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- Racism’s Toll on Mental Health by Rev. Dr. Sarah LundThe day before the United Church of Christ honored Mental Health Sunday, a horrendous hate crime was carried out on Saturday, May 14, at a grocery store in Buffalo, New York. Ten lives were taken by a white, 18-year-old male mass shooter motivated by racism. The victims were targeted because they were Black. The shooter […]
- Fifty Days by David Finnegan-HoseyHallelujah – Christ is Risen Indeed! We are in the midst of Eastertide, the “Great 50 Days” stretching from Easter Sunday until Pentecost. This extended period of celebration has me reflecting on the tension between the beauty of a joyful season on the one hand, and the ups and downs of living with mental health […]
- Thirsting for God by Bob GriggsI love how the psalms gives voice to the full range of our emotions from overwhelming joy to deep sorrow. As a person living with depression, I have been especially drawn to what scholars call “laments”, psalms that are honest about life’s struggles. For example, “I am weary with my moaning; every night I flood […]
- Music is My Salvation by Karl Shallowhorn“But no one says, ‘Where is God my Maker, Who gives songs in the night, Job 35:10 I love music. I mean, I really LOVE music. I begin my day with music while I prepare for work. I bring my bluetooth speaker to work with me and use it to listen to YouTube concerts playing […]
- Holy Week: All the Feels by Rev. Dr. Rachael KeefeHow is it with your spirit? Truth be told, I arrived at this Holy Week a bit weary. It’s been a long winter here in Minnesota and it’s not over yet. However, for the first time in 25 months, the congregation I serve was able to meet in person for Palm Sunday. It was a […]