the UCC Mental Health Network Blog
Welcome to the United Church of Christ Mental Health Network (UCC MHN) blog, The Journey Continues. 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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- Mental Health Tent by Kirk MooreReprinted from 2017 7 years ago I spent time delivering supplies and working at the water protector camps on Standing Rock Reservation. We brought firewood, clothing, sleeping bags, and food to the camp and we spent the day helping to build, distribute items, cook, clean, and do whatever else was needed. While we were at… Read more: Mental Health Tent by Kirk Moore
- Gratitude for a Sad Psalm by Rev. Dr. Marty KuchmaThe Psalms give us eloquent language to describe life experiences ranging from the highest highs to the lowest lows. It is hard for me to imagine a life circumstance that the Psalms don’t give words to in one meaningful way or another. Written so long ago yet so relevant in our lives now, the Psalms… Read more: Gratitude for a Sad Psalm by Rev. Dr. Marty Kuchma
- BENT But Not BROKEN by Bishop Allyson Abrams, PhDAs a child I really loved a creative toy called “Slinky”. It was a piece of medal that had been reshaped to form circles, creating a spring. These circles would allow it to go down steps, jump off counters, etc. It was an amazing toy. One day with one of my Slinkys I attempted to… Read more: BENT But Not BROKEN by Bishop Allyson Abrams, PhD
- A-typical Love Post by Mabel LairdWhat do you get when you cross someone who is neurologically atypical with someone with mood disorders? The answer is (of course) that the possibilities are endless. But the answer I live is: a best-friendship of many years, a marriage that makes love songs seem real, a partnership based on trust and grown by support.… Read more: A-typical Love Post by Mabel Laird
- “Do not be afraid… do not be silent” by Rev. Alan Johnsonreposted from Rev. Alan Johnson’s entry from May 2017. “Do not be afraid, but speak and do not be silent.” Acts 18:9b “Shhh…” she said so quietly. “I am on medication!” She was 17 years old and came by the booth at the UCC General Synod that I was hosting for our UCC Mental Health… Read more: “Do not be afraid… do not be silent” by Rev. Alan Johnson