UCC MHN statement in opposition to family separation

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The Trump Administration’s action to separate families is an egregious act. The trauma inflicted on these families, and especially the children, will have long-lasting effects. As a group that recognizes the impact of mental illness in our society, The UCC Mental Health Network is speaking out on behalf of those who have no voice. The…

Swear Words by Hannah Campbell Gustafson

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Recently I heard someone tell how the word �hate� is like a swear word in their household. They talked about how the idea of hate can often be used to give license to do bad or cruel things. I was completely on board (and in fact, came home and told my husband that we should…

Taking the Armor Off by David Finnegan-Hosey

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written by David Finnegan-Hosey �Saul clothed David with his armor; he put a bronze helmet on his head and clothed him with a coat of mail. David strapped Saul’s sword over the armor, and he tried in vain to walk, for he was not used to them. Then David said to Saul, �I cannot walk…

The Worst Thing and the Best Thing by Bob Griggs

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Written by Bob Griggs This is my first post on our United Church of Christ Mental Health Network blog. I am honored to be part of the group writing for this blog. I believe that my own experience with mental illness and recovery� my diagnosis is major depression and anxiety disorder � will allow me…

Becoming Ill, Becoming Well by Craig Rennebohm

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written by Craig Rennebohm Alfred North Whitehead images the spirit moving through the�interstices of the brain.� The brain is far from a solid thing. Beneath theskull are hundreds of billions of cells in a rich sea of chemical soup. Cellsrange from simple in composition and shape to highly complex in form andfunction. No cell actually…