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NAMI FaithNet Newsletter: August 2010

Welcome to the August issue of the NAMI FaithNet Newsletter.

In This Issue:

  • Four Spiritual Care Tasks
  • New NAMI FaithNet Toolkit Available for Mental Illness Awareness Week
  • 2010 NAMI Convention Reflections
  • Congruence in Faith and Action: Inclusivity in New Orleans
  • Building Bridges between Faith and Science
  • Mental illness: a Window into the Soul
  • NAMI FaithNet Bookshelf
  • Sept. 23-25: Widening the Welcome, National Conference

Four Spiritual Care Tasks

Chaplain Craig Rennebohm of the Seattle Mental Health Chaplaincy and NAMI FaithNet Advisory Group shares his four-step approach to providing spiritual care to patients living with mental illness.

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New NAMI FaithNet Toolkit Available for Mental Illness Awareness Week

Mental Illness Awareness Week (MIAW) will take place October 3-9, 2010. Be sure to check out the new NAMI FaithNet toolkit, which offers a number of resources in English and Spanish to help with faith outreach as part of MIAW activities at


2010 NAMI Convention Reflections

NAMI FaithNet Advisory group members share their reflections on faith-related activities at the 2010 convention.

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Building Bridges between Faith and Science

Nancy Kehoe, RSCJ, Ph.D., author of Wrestling with our Inner Angels: Faith, Mental Illness and the Journey to Wholeness, speaks to the NAMI 2010 convention about her holistic approach to mental illness recovery.

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Dr. Nancy Kehoe speaks about using a holistic approach to mental health recovery at the 2010 NAMI national convention.   Dr. Kehoe asks the audience to turn to one another and answer this question, “When feeling overwhelmed or in pain, where do you turn for strength, comfort and support?”


Mental illness: a Window into the Soul

Through his work with a homeless population, exploration of religious literature and reflection on religious texts, Jim Burklo learns to better appreciate the words and actions of people living with mental illness.

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NAMI FaithNet Bookshelf

Falling into the Sun
Charrie Hazard

(Spoonbill Cove Press 2009)

This poignant novel by a former St. Petersburg Times editorial board member and columnist focuses on a mother’s journey to find help for her son living with bipolar disorder.

Following a neighbor’s death by suicide, Kate Nardeck is haunted by the thought that her own teenage son, whose behavior has become progressively volatile, may be living with mental illness. In finding help for her son, she also confronts a family history of alcoholism and mental illness.

As she meditates on mental illness, death and her sense of self, Kate finds healing and peace in exploring spiritual beliefs drawn from Hindu, Native American and Judeo-Christian beliefs.

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Sept. 23-25: Widening the Welcome, National Conference

The first national Conference jointly hosted by the United Church of Christ Disabilities Ministries (UCC DM) and the United Church of Christ Mental Illness Network (UCC MIN) will take place at the Drury Plaza Hotel in St. Louis.

Conference goals include:

  • educating attendees about mental illnesses/brain disorders and disabilities;
  • developing Mental Health Ministries and A2A (Accessible to All) covenants in your congregation;
  • sharing best practices by telling stories, learning from each other and networking and
  • offering spiritual support group experiences and worship together.

To learn more or register, visit

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