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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- Release by Jennifer Stuart, MDiv, LICSWJohn 13:35 “By this all will know that you are my disciples. If you have love for one another.” We humans are pretty darn good at making other people miserable. We scapegoat. We refuse to welcome the stranger for fear of losing our position in the order of things. We exclude, leave others out, and […]
- The Church Laboratory by Megan SnellChurch life is like a holy learning laboratory where we endeavor to understand God’s call for us. It’s a lab in which we struggle and experiment and grow to learn how to be in right relationship to ourselves, one another, God, and creation. It’s a space in which we learn how to be true to […]
- Food Insecurity by Lisa LeSueurOne day several months ago, when the pandemic was first beginning, I walked out of my house to the corner of my block where flashing police lights called my attention. At the intersection I saw a line of cars of all makes and models, stretching further than my eyes could see. Assuming there had been […]
- A Christmas of Promise by Karl ShallowhornIt was December 25, 1981. I was a mere 19 years old and I was already in my second psychiatric hospitalization of the year, the first being in the previous February through March. As with the first stay, I was in the Buffalo General Hospital Community Mental Health Center. I had experienced another psychotic episode […]
- I Hope You Will Know: To My Daughter, From Her Bipolar Father by David Finnegan-HoseyDearest Laila, Just over a month ago, you joined us here on land, and we couldn’t have been more excited and grateful to meet you. You are too young to read this right now — your curious eyes are just learning to search out the contrasts between light and dark, fascinated by the black rim […]