I also believe that it is here in the church that we can continue to break down some of the stigma surrounding mental illness.
Sitting down at my desk to prepare my testimony, I noticed a cord sitting next to the pile of receipts I need to go through. On the other side of the receipts are my tax documents, which remind me that I need to start on my taxes. But the cord: the cord I borrowed from
Gretchen spoke with vulnerability and courage about the recent death of our friend Linda Bringman, whose memorial service had just taken place the day before. As part of her testimony, Gretchen shared the following poem…
I would love to hear from you if you have a story to share
…about a time when you cried out
…or about what it feels like when you don’t even know what to say
…or about the sound of the voices that call on you to speak out
by Katie Baxter “Stories not only teach us how to act — they inspire us to act. Stories communicate our values through the language of the heart, our emotions. And it is what we feel — our hopes, our cares, our obligations — not simply what we know, that can inspire us with the courage