In a commentary for the Martin Marty Center's Sightings, Courtney Wilder offers an excellent analysis of a resource we at the Clergy Health Initiative have been following for some time: Beauty Tips for Ministers.
Rev. Victoria Weinstein, the Harvard-educated pastor of First Parish Unitarian Church in Norwell, Mass., started this blog on the belief that “if clergypeople believe that religious life is vital, relevant and beautiful, they should look the part.”
The Conference Commission on Clergy Counseling and Consultation has endorsed CareNet to provide services for clergy and local church consultation, beginning in January 2010. CareNet, associated with Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem, has nine centers and affiliates within the Conference. There are more than 35 certified counselors and psychotherapists on the CareNet staff, including some clergy and pastoral counselors.
A close friend’s ailing 92-year-old mother moved into his house the week before Christmas, prompting conversations about emergency procedures and advanced directives. Advanced directives are the legal documents that make clear to your physician, family and caregivers your preferences for care in the event of a life-threatening accident or illness.
As we close out the decade, and look forward to the next 10 years with a renewed resolve to really change our lives for the better, let's spend a few moments thinking about that oft-uttered four-letter word. The one that shows up with great regularity toward the end of the Christmas season: DIET.
One of the "gifts" of aging is an alteration in our sleep patterns, causing us to have difficulty falling or staying asleep. Insomnia affects about a third of all adults, and can have significant effects on our health. This post addresses ways to alter your environment to improve sleep. Future posts will suggest ways to adjust your behaviors and identify the point when you should seek medical help for poor sleep.
Concerned about the price of health care? You're not alone. The New York Times reports that:
According to a recent survey by the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (Samhsa, pronounced SAM-suh), the leading reason that people with mental health issues don’t seek treatment is cost. They fear the fees.