Edition: April 27, 2015
May is Mental Health Month. Mental Health Ministries addresses a caring response in this bulletin insert.
Here are tips for starting a conversation and developing a welcoming presence in your community of faith from the Chicago Archdiocesan Commission on Mental Illness. Tips Here.
Medication or Psychotherapy?
By Barry Duncan and Scott Miller
“Antidepressants and Therapy, a Strange Alliance with Psychopharmacology so Popular, Do We Still Need Therapy?”
“There was a time when therapists, and much of our larger culture, saw depression and other human troubles as complex conditions of mind and heart, influenced by many subtle inner and outer forces. But in the last decade, a vast intellectual and emotional sea change has taken place. We now inhabit a culture where many people hold the view that their emotional pain is “biochemical” and can be cured by simply taking a pill.”
Transitional Ministry Today
By Norman B. Bendroth
“It's a no-brainer to say that all churches are in transition. With the landscape of American religion changing every time you blink your eyes it's no wonder our congregations are reeling as they seek to make sense of and negotiate these new realities.
“In preparation for my book Transitional Ministry Today: Successful Strategies for Churches and Pastors, I spoke to dozens of practicing interim ministers, judicatory officials and observers of American church life. Those conversations and my research became a collection of essays reflecting upon new models and practices in face of the sea changes churches are facing. Here are some things I've learned. . . .”
Transitional Ministry Today: Successful Strategies for Churches and Pastors
By Norman B. Bendroth
Norman Bendroth is the coordinator for clergy and church resources for the New England Pastoral Institute and a professional transitional minister ordained in the United Church of Christ. He has contributed articles to the Christian Century, Congregations, Reformed Worship, Perspectives and Sojourners.
“This is a profound book. This book shows the deep currents at work in the churches that make ALL pastors sojourners in a changing world. We are ALL transition ministers, lay and clergy, all the time. To be alive in ministry today, you are in a confusing wilderness. This book can be a guide to your never-ending transition.” (Loren B. Mead, Episcopal priest, teacher, and consultant)
“Transitional ministry can be tremendously helpful for congregations in times of change, and yet, to be successful today transitional ministers and churches need to take into account the major changes in the religious landscape. From the decline of mainline churches to the rise of those who don’t identify with any religious tradition, the religious scene has changed dramatically since transitional ministry began three decades ago, and to remain vital today, the practice of transitional ministry must change as well.
“This book provides transitional ministers and congregations with essential information on re-thinking transitional ministry in ways that take the current religious climate into account. Ten experienced authors—including seasoned practitioners of transitional ministry and those who oversee transitional ministry denomination-wide—propose new ways to approach transitional ministry today. Chapters address practical theology, leadership, specialized interim situations, renewal during interim time, alternative models of transitional ministry, and more. Essays address a range of diverse churches in size, racial/ethnic background, and location.
“Transitional Ministry Today highlights how creative and cutting-edge ministry can be done during the “in-between-time” through creative thinking and practice in the face of new realities.”
On the Love of God
By Gerald May
“God’s love creates and fills the cosmos. This love is so immense and wondrous that our hearts can bear it in only the slightest of glimpses. Out of this boundless splendor, God loves each one of us into existence. Each of us is unique and precious to God, and God loves us more personally and respectfully than we could ever believe. This gives us a dignity that no person, power or circumstance can ever take away from us.
“God’s desire for us is to realize and claim this love and dignity, and thereby to move more fully toward loving God and one another as God loves us. Our self-awareness helps make this possible. It allows for a sense of “I and Thou,” lover and loved, and a feeling of the precious, painful space between. In this sense of space and separateness in our hearts, God gives us a part of God’s own longing for love’s fulfillment, a yearning for home, an unquenchable passion for communion and reunion with God and with one another.”
Annual Conference Spiritual Formation Gathering and Luncheon
Tuesday, June 16, 2015 - Noon
Upper Room of the Dock Pavilion
Free Lunch, Fellowship and a Time of Meditation
Meet: monthly 1 ½ hours
Where and when:
Alliance: Christ UMC, 470 E. Broadway – Third Thursdays, 1:00 PM
Ashland: Christ UMC, 1140 Claremont Ave. – Second Wednesdays, 1:00 PM
Cleveland: East Shore UMC, 23002 Lakeshore Blvd., Euclid – First Thursdays, 1:00 PM
Medina: Granger UMC, 1235 Granger Rd. – Third Wednesdays, 1:00 PM
New Philadelphia: First UMC, 201 W. High St. – Second Thursdays, 9:00 AM
Sandusky: Trinity UMC, 214 E. Jefferson St. – Second Thursdays, 2:00 PM
If you are interested in being part of one of these groups, it would be helpful if you let us know for planning purposes. For questions and to receive information about a particular group, please call our office 330-456-0486 or email us at email@example.com
The Program in Pastoral Care and Counseling encourages the spiritual formation of our pastors believing a strong spiritual base is the greatest resource a church leader can possess. It helps us weather the many storms of ministry and deepens the incredible joys ministry provides. Following is a list of Spiritual Directors in our area. We encourage you to take advantage of this rich resource. This listing will appear in each edition of our bi-monthly webpage updates and new names and contact information will be provided as we learn of them and have permission to include them. If you are a director or know of a director that is not included here please let us know.
Debbie Baker - firstname.lastname@example.org
Bruce Batchler-Glader – email@example.com
Harry Finkbone - Finkbone1@gmail.com
Liz Nau – firstname.lastname@example.org
Jennifer Olin-Hitt – email@example.com
Sharon Seyfarth Garner – firstname.lastname@example.org
Guided Meditation Prayer to Connect with God & Your Higher Self, Inner Peace & Genius Brain Power
“One of the great troubles with our modern life is that we think we are too busy to find time for spiritual meditation and religious devotion.”
Seven Steps to Stillness:
Raising Brain-healthy Children
Daniel G. Amen, MD: "Raising brain-healthy children starts with having their parents live a brain-healthy life and set a positive example in the home." Dr. Amen and his wife Tana Amen offer practical tips on how you can create a brain-healthy eating plan in your home. Here are just a few of the helpful topics they cover:
Three Tools for Managing Social Anxiety
By J.C. Peters
“When you are feeling stressed and anxious, what’s your strategy? If you’re like many of us, you head home to hide under your covers. What if I told you the cure was at the cocktail party?”
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