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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- Telling the Glory of God: Sermon Starter on Psalm 19, 1 Corinthians 12:12-31a, and Mental Health by Rev. Dr Rachael KeefeHave you ever been outside, away from city lights, alone at night? It doesn’t matter if it was on the beach with the sound of waves, in the mountains with the creaking trees, or on the prairie with the rustling grass. If you’ve been outside alone at night far from the sound and light of […]
- “Encanto:” A WISE Film for Mental Health By Rev. Dr. Sarah LundRecently I watched the animated film “Encanto” with my family. The story centers around young Mirabel as she struggles to find her place in a large family, the Madrigals, where she feels like she doesn’t belong. When it comes to emotional, mental, and spiritual health, telling our stories is a powerful way to recover our […]
- Vulnerability by Jennifer StuartSomewhere deep within was a “place” beyond all faults and virtues that had to be confirmed before I could run the risk of opening my life up to another. To find ultimate security in an ultimate vulnerability, this is to be loved. —Howard Thurman For God alone my soul in silence waits; from God comes […]
- Quiet in the Morning by Lisa LeSueurIt’s unusually quiet in the house this morning. Everyone else is still sleeping and even the puppy seems content in his bed. Why am I awake? I had looked forward to this week off for so long. My body and mind are exhausted and the only thing on my agenda for the week was to […]
- The Longest Night by Karl ShallowhornWe are now at the darkest time of the year, the time when the day is shortest and night the longest. We are also in a dark time in the country’s history. Delta, Omicron and supply chain shortages are now common terms in our daily lexicon. We are facing an unprecedented crisis in mental health. […]