At the First Church Annual Meeting on Sunday, February 3, the congregation voted unanimously to become a Welcoming, Inclusive, Supportive and Engaged (WISE) Congregation for Mental Health. Members of the Mental Health Ministry held several information sessions about the WISE Covenant which will be up for vote.
The WISE movement was initiated by the UCC Mental Health Network, a group of volunteers who work on these issues within the United Church of Christ. Two First Church members, Robin Kempster and Kerrie Hein serve on the organization's Board of Directors. The primary drafters of the statement were Jane Arc and Christine Hutchins with wide input from members of the Mental Health Ministry and the congregation.