Jagged Edges: Piecing Together the Brokenness in Our Lives
The Beloved (9 AM)
The words God proclaimed at Jesus' baptism are true for all of God's children: WE are God's beloved; the ones with whom God is well pleased. Unfortunately, we don't always treat one another in a way that reflects the way God sees us. We try to hide from the world all we fear may diminish us from society's standards--including our challenges with mental health. Maybe it's time to revisit Scripture, follow Jesus' lead and stand against social stigmas and with people affected by mental health conditions. Maybe it's time to be the Church....
One in every five U.S. adults experiences mental illness each year. Mental health is a subject of great importance yet is too often brushed under the rug by society, family, friends and the Church. This January, we will consider topics such as loneliness, grief, eating disorders and suicide. We’ll examine stories from the Bible related to mental health and develop a mental health tool kit for personal use. Jesus calls us to be a neighbor to all. Join us as we ponder how we might proactively begin the New Year with a greater awareness of and compassion for those affected by mental health challenges.