Senior Minister Molly Baskette cites recent scientific work on the effects of controlled doses of psychedelics to treat some mental illness as reported in Michel Pollen’s new book, How to Change Your Mind, to explore the power of awe.
On Mental Health Sunday in the United Church of Christ, Minister of Community Life Rachel Bauman shares her own story about the way mental health issues in her family affected her as she was growing up. She reflects on how silence made the situation even more difficult for all involved.
Rev. Alan Johnson, Chair of the UCC Mental Health Network, was First Church’s guest preacher on Mental Health Sunday. He encouraged the congregation to “not shrink back” from the reality of mental illness—our own stories, those of our family members and our church family. The stigma around mental illness is strong. By breaking the silence and stepping forward we can offer and get support.