The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) designates the first full week of October as Mental Illness Awareness Week, and the Tuesday of that week as the National Day of Prayer for Mental Illness Recovery and Understanding. The date this year is Tuesday, October 5. (pdf)
- This Sunday’s edition of the Raleigh News & Observer had a feature article about some of the things employers in the Research Triangle are offering to help employees stay fit. From gyms to instructor-led classes to softball leagues to disc golf, these companies sponsor a wide array of activities, often on the company’s site.
Jay Voorhees, Tennessee pastor and blogger, had what he thought was a casual chat with a local religion news writer, Before he knew it, he found himself “the poster child for clergy unhealth,” quoted by name in a feature story in his local paper, then singled out for attack in a letter to the editor.
The North Carolina Council of Churches publishes Acts of Faith, a series of lectionary-based worship aids focusing on themes of social justice in North Carolina. The guide for September 19 (Proper 20) is titled “A Balm in Gilead”: Mental Health Care and The Church.
I really liked this blog post from Dan Pallotta, on the Harvard Business Review site. He writes:
Many of us have grown up thinking that if we are properly self-punishing then we are somehow being responsible... We don’t correlate our sense of responsibility with what we are actually producing. We correlate it with how hard we are being on ourselves. Thus anything that’s fun cannot possibly be work, and everything that’s unpleasant is.
Have you ever noticed that in the gospels Jesus seems often to be at a meal, coming from a dinner, or on his way to a table? Eating together is one of the most important things we do. Gathered around a table we learn how to receive each other and the world as gifts from God. We discover that we are gifts meant by God to be given to each other for the healing of the world.