Mental Health Ministry

The Regional Council of Churches has been working with C.H.I.P.(Community Health Interfaith Partnership)a coalition of clinicians and professionals, nonprofit organizations, faith-based and secular agencies, public agencies, and congregations, to bring together in one place resources to help faith leaders effectively minister to those in their congregations and their communities who have mental or addictive illness. A majority of those with a mental illness turn first to a spiritual leader for help or are first recognized by clergy as someone who needs help. Yet, clergy are frequently not equipped with the resources to provide appropriate support and referral information. 

We are more aware than ever before of the importance of caring for those with a mental illness and the consequences of our failures to properly diagnose and treat mental illness. The Compassionate Congregations Toolbox was created by C.H.I.P. to put into the hands of clergy and lay leaders the tools they need promote faith communities where awareness, welcome, support, appropriate referral, and spiritual care for individuals and families facing mental illness are provided, where barriers of fear and stigma are broken down by openness, education, and personal connection. Please have a look www.CHIPGeorgia.com

On the wesite you will find some history of the collboration, the leaders of the group, the members of the coalition, and the Creating Compassionate Congregations Mental Health Ministry Toolbox.

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Lutheran Resource in Response to Gun Violence

The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, saddened by the all-too-frequent occurrences of gun violence in the U.S., invites you on a journey of prayer, scripture, stories, and church teachings with this resource, A 60-Day Journey Towards Justice in a Culture of Gun Violence - an ELCA Resource  Through daily observances, it calls us to work toward the prevention of gun violence as people of God who strive for justice and peace in all the world. It may be used for individual reflection, group Bible study, adult education sessions, and congregational daily devotions. This began on June 16 but can be used at any time.

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