Clergy in the Closet

It’s not pleasant to think about the minister you know and love checking himself into the psych ward after church. After all, earlier that day he was on fire: his sermon was passionate, he baptized a whole family that joined the church and then after two worship services he taught confirmation to the largest classContinue reading “Clergy in the Closet”

Interfaith Prayer for National Day of Prayer for Mental Illness Recovery and Awareness

Great Mystery, on this National Day of Prayer for Mental Illness Recovery and Awareness, we pray for all who live with a mental health challenge and their loved ones. When the night is long and tomorrow seems uncertain, grant us peace.  When mental health challenges overwhelm us, grant us peace. When a new diagnosis causesContinue reading “Interfaith Prayer for National Day of Prayer for Mental Illness Recovery and Awareness”

Shame: The Bully on the Mind’s Playground

Over an omelette breakfast a friend and I agreed that shame is a barrier to wellness. Why shame? Because shame cuts away at our sense of dignity, and wounds our identity.  The shame commonly experienced around mental illness is real and I’m not sure how we totally get rid of it. But I’d like toContinue reading “Shame: The Bully on the Mind’s Playground”