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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- Looking for Hope by Rev. Dr. Rachael KeefeA little over two weeks ago I was able to remove the boot I’d been wearing on my right foot for six weeks due to a stress fracture. For about three weeks before that I had a lot of pain in my right shin and ankle. This meant that I could not walk my 15- […]
- Go Live the Resurrection by Rev. Dr. Sarah LundDid you know that psychiatric medications have the power to raise the dead? I am a witness! It is my testimony that we can find new life with the help of anti-depressants, hospitalizations, and outpatient treatment. I am here to glorify God, rising from the tomb of trauma through the power of ongoing therapy. Resurrection […]
- Pandemic Walls: Depression, Anxiety, Trauma and Isolation by Jennifer StuartIn January of this year, there was a distinct weight. Perhaps you felt it, too? I texted a friend, “I think I am hitting a pandemic wall.” I felt strangely alone or at least, lonely. A profound sense of isolation began to set in. As shadows of past memories resurfaced, the inner dialogue of self-doubt […]
- Resurrection by Rev. Megan SnellChurch done well can be a community of support and hope. Church can provide people with a sense of inclusion, identity and purpose. Church can be a place of resurrection. In my own ministry and preaching, I endeavor to remind people who they are (created, known, beloved), whose they are (God’s), and what they are […]
- On the River by Lisa LeSueurIt is hard to believe that we are once again in the midst of Lent, a time of deep contemplation and spiritual renewal. Last year, Ash Wednesday would be one of the last services held at church with people in attendance, before we would be forced into a “new normal” that required social distancing and […]