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 Good Place to Take a Walk by Bob GriggsI started taking daily walks because my psychiatrist told me to. I was on one of the psych units at a hospital in Minneapolis. At our first meeting, the in-patient psychiatrist assigned to me said, “Bob, you’re burning up with adrenalin. You need some physical activity to burn it off.” It took a while before […]
- Vacation Mode by Kirk MooreI’m on vacation this week in the mountains of Colorado. We’re speldmmg time with family and visiting our 10 month old grandson. There’s something about being in the presence of the mountains that increases my capacity to breathe in deep and exhale long. I don’t know exactly what it is, but I think it has […]
- In the Secret Place of Thunder by the Rev. Dr. Rachael KeefeMany of us turn to the Book of Psalms when we need comfort, hope, or the assurance that others have been where we are. I’ve been reading the Psalms daily, online as part of a brief prayer service since Pentecost. Sometimes the words are very familiar and others seem as if I have never heard […]
- Mental Health Justice is LGBTQ+ Justice by Rev. Dr. Sarah LundWhat if preventing suicide was simple? What if it really was just “three easy steps?” What if there was something you could do right now that would save someone’s life? As a survivor of suicide loss, I wish every day for the power to go back in time and prevent my loved one’s suicide. This, […]
- Root to Rise by Jennifer StuartAnd I pray that you, being rooted and established in love…. (Eph 3:17) At a church I attend, the pastor is going on Sabbatical for the summer months. During his sermon on his last Sunday before his leave taking, he asked the congregation to reflect on our hopes for this time of congregational renewal. Indeed, […]