church, ministry, Scripture, spiritual

Pentecost on the Psych Ward

A couple weeks ago, I started working as a chaplain intern in a psychiatric hospital. My Sundays suddenly look like worship in a hospital cafeteria, where 50-60 patients shuffle in and together form a shifting blend of prayers, songs, tears, laughs, and shouts, slightly different from moment to moment and week to week. There's an… Continue reading Pentecost on the Psych Ward

church, Scripture, spiritual

To See or Not to See: A Homily on the Visitation of Mary

Offered yesterday (May 31, 2019) at the noon Eucharist at Church of the Holy Family, Chapel Hill, NC... Today we celebrate the feast of the visitation of Mary to her sister Elizabeth. So, today I wonder: What does visitation mean? In the hospitals where I have been training as a chaplain, we have visiting hours.… Continue reading To See or Not to See: A Homily on the Visitation of Mary

mental health & wellness, ministry, Scripture, spiritual, theological

Get Up and Eat: A Sermon on Depression

As Mental Health Month draws to an end...here's a sermon on depression that I offered toward the end of my preaching class Fall 2017. I don't suppose it's perfect, but I do believe it reflects something of God, God's Word, and God's activity in my life. *** A reading from 1 King 19:1-8. “Ahab told… Continue reading Get Up and Eat: A Sermon on Depression

cultural issues, mental health & wellness, personal, spiritual

Podcasts: Top 10

I never thought I'd say this, but I love podcasts. In recent months and years, there seems to have been an accelerating boom of podcasts, including numerous that align with my interests -- and the purposes of this blog -- centering around faith and/or mental health. Here's my current favorites, in alphabetical order because I can… Continue reading Podcasts: Top 10

mental health & wellness, spiritual

“who leads me into life”

It was the day after Ash Wednesday, and I still didn't know what to give up for Lent. I sat down with a spiritual director and, as I answered her initial inquiry of "How is it with your soul?" (or something equally lovely and tender), a list of stressors started spilling forth from my mouth:… Continue reading “who leads me into life”