Edition: August 31, 2015
Suicide Prevention Week September 8-14
Mental Health Ministries
National Suicide Prevention Week (NSPW) is a week-long campaign to inform and engage health professions and the general public about suicide prevention and the warning signs of suicide. The campaign strives to reduce the stigma surrounding the topic as it raises awareness. As part of the campaign, health organizations conduct depression screenings, including self-administered and on-line tests. NSPW awareness events are held throughout the week corresponding to World Suicide Prevention Day, September 10th.
Suicide: How Faith Communities Can Provide Hope and Promote Healing Brochure
Mental Health Ministries
Faith communities need to talk openly about suicide and provide education about mental illness being a treatable illness instead of a moral or spiritual shortcoming. Have discussions about mental illness with youth groups, older adult groups and other groups that regularly meet.
Daily we read of deaths by heroin overdose. Akron General Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences is attempting to address this issue with a new program: Opioid Addiction Ambulatory Detox Program at Edwin Shaw.
Heroin – Topic Overview
Spiritual formation is key for a vital pastoral presence in our churches and to our parishioners. On the heels of a wonderful retreat on the 18th (thank you Liz Nau) we will resume our monthly regional Spiritual Formation groups. Three groups will commence in September and other groups will be added in October. These groups open to all pastors. Please see details below:
Meet: monthly 1 ½ hours
Where and when:
Asland: Christ UMC, 1140 Claremont Ave. – September 9, 1:00 PM
New Philadelphia: First UMC, 201 W. High St. – September 10, 9:00 AM
Sandusky: Trinity UMC, 214 E. Jefferson St. – September 10, 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
How Your Brain Changes when You Meditate
by Jennifer Wolkin
“By charting new pathways in the brain, mindfulness can change the banter inside our heads from chaotic to calm.
“Not too long ago, most of us thought that the brain we’re born with is static—that after a certain age, the neural circuitry cards we’re dealt are the only ones we can play long-term.
“Fast-forward a decade or two, and we’re beginning to see the opposite: the brain is designed to adapt constantly. World-renowned neuroscientist Richie Davidson at the Center for Investigating Healthy Minds at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, along with his colleagues, want us to know three things: 1) you can train your brain to change, 2) that the change is measurable, and 3) new ways of thinking can change it for the better.”
How to Get Inspired and Invigorate Your Life
by Christine Chen
“Cultivate a sense of inspiration to feel more uplifted, boost creativity, and improve overall well-being. You know it when you’re inspired. You feel lighter, hopeful, and suddenly ready to take a step toward something new. In a word, inspiration can mean, quite simply, possibility. Inspiration can come from anywhere, but you must be open to it. Inspirational living starts in the heart, lives in your mind, and continues to flourish if you keep feeding the source.”
From the Introduction in the Table of Contents I was drawn to this book:
“Expanding Our Understanding of Prayer and Spiritual Practice
Becoming Fully Alive
Examining Our Practice
On Cushion, Off Cushion
A Variety of Practices”
And then Rabbi Rami Sharpiro endorsement in the Foreward was even more enticing as he begins:
“Jane Vennard wants to wake you up. Or, more accurately, she wants you to wake yourself up by engaging with the spiritual practices she shares in this book. If you’d rather stay asleep, give this book to a friend. But if you are curious about waking up let’s be clear as to what you are waking.
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
Sue Palmer – firstname.lastname@example.org
Sharon Seyfarth Garner – email@example.com
10 Things I Learned from Healing an Incurable Disease
by Meghan Telpner
Telpner diagnosed with incurable Crohn’s disease with lifestyle changes heal herself and learned life lessons. “I am firm on the fact that getting sick was the greatest thing that ever happened to me, and getting well was the greatest adventure ever.”
The Felt Sense: What It Is and Why It’s Important
by David Rome
Felt senses lie under the radar of normal consciousness. They are unclear somatic sensations that for the most part go unnoticed. Yet they are not wholly unconscious; they can be “found” by bringing a special quality of gentle mindfulness to the zone of subtle bodily experiencing in which they form. When attended to with friendly but dispassionate attention, felt senses that start out vague and indescribable can show up with greater clarity and presence. A felt sense can come alive and offer what it already knows about life situations that you—the conscious, conceptualizing you—don’t yet know. By entering into a process of inquiry with the felt sense, spontaneous flashes of insight and intuition can occur that generate novel perceptions and understandings, leading to fresh solutions to life’s challenges.
Felt Sense with David Rome
by Rabbi Rami Shapiro
Your host Rabbi Rami talks to teacher and author David Rome about the felt sense focusing method. His story Your Body Knows the Answercan be found in the May/June 2015 issue of Spirituality & Health magazine.
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