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Lenten resource connects food to faith

With Ash Wednesday almost upon us, here is a Lenten devotional that features daily healthy recipes.

Wesleyan principles of holistic health

John Wesley integrated wellness promotion into the work of circuit riders and Methodist societies, stressing the wisdom of prevention: taking care of ourselves every day to ward off major illness.

 

Our friends at Church Health Reader recently published Part 2 of an interview with Duke Divinity Professor Randy L. Maddox, discussing John Wesley's views of health and medicine.

Resources for Congregational Health Ministries

Below are a few resources for churches that are intentional about caring for the bodies of congregants and community members.

I'd like to return to a theme I've touched on before: that the local church is a great venue for health-promotion activities.

Below are a few resources for churches that are intentional about caring for the bodies of congregants and community members.  All of these program templates have some basic principles in common:

Leverage Points: The SPRC / PPRC

The Staff-Parish Relations Committee is a pivotal thing in the life of a United Methodist pastor. The committee can be a stress reliever or a stress producer.

The Staff-Parish Relations Committee is a pivotal thing in the life of a United Methodist pastor.  PPRCs / SPRCs can be a source of real support to a pastor.  Or things can go off the rails at that point.  The committee can be a stress reliever or a stress producer.

Movers and shakers

Churches aiding Michelle Obama's campaign against childhood obesity; an interview with Dr. Scott Morris.

 

First Lady Michelle Obama is leading "Let's Move," a national effort to combat childhood obesity.  The United Methodist Reporter tells how churches are aiding the cause. 

Among other faith-based efforts, the Amazing Pace program in the Mississippi Conference is making an impact. 

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Shaping the Health of the Community

"There's no other organization in all of the United States that could facilitate weight loss and exercise programs better than local church congregations..."

Pastor, what does your congregation do to demonstrate care for the physical health of your members?  Are your church buildings designated tobacco-free?  Are low-fat foods or unsweetened beverages even an option at church fellowship events?  Have you ever preached or taught on The Body as a Temple?   

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Connecting Self-Care to Ministry

To step away from your parish for three solid days and to turn your mobile phone off (at least for part of the time) is a tall order.

Last week, Faith & Leadership published an article by Mark Miller-McLemore about clergy sabbaticals.  The writer identifies a number of downsides for the congregation and staff who must hold down the fort while the senior pastor is away.  The purpose of the article is not to urge against sabbaticals, but to point out some pitfalls that should be kept in mind when a pastor plans for a sabbatical. 

Advent and Christmas Resources

Just a quick drive-by to point out some Advent resources that may be of interest or use to you.

Sisters and brothers,

A Day of Prayer for Mental Illness

The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) designates the first full week of October as Mental Illness Awareness Week

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)

Mental Health Care and the Church

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 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.

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