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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- A Little Rest by Kirk MooreI’m a little worn out. You may be a little or a lot worn out, too. I don’t think my ‘worn out’ is more imortant than yours. It’s just the only ‘worn out’ that I can expereince. And I’m taking a little rest. Since March 15, I’ve become the executive producer of a weekly video […]
- Love One Another by Rachael KeefeEven though it is Advent on the near horizon, I feel as if I am caught somewhere between Moses in the wilderness with the people of God and Jesus in the wilderness with his temptations. Last March, I watched as friends and colleagues on the coasts struggled with the number of COVID cases and deaths. […]
- Supporting Teens by Rev. Dr. Sarah LundToday a teenager is wondering how they will make it through the day. They wake up feeling overwhelmed. They wake up thinking “I just can’t do this anymore.” According to the American Psychological Association, suicide is the second leading cause of death for ages 15 to 24. How will the Church hold the light of […]
- Water by Jennifer Stuart, MDiv, LICSW“And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons,[b] neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. 39 No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing […]
- The Lord Has Done Great Things for Us, and We Are Glad Indeed by Hillary DoerriesThe Lord Has Done Great Things for Us, and We Are Glad Indeed: Loving and Serving Others Through Times of Mental Illness Just before Christmas in 2014, I feared for my life at my own hands. I was somehow granted the mindfulness in that moment to check myself into a psychiatric hospital. One afternoon, my […]