Wellness Resources

Tripping Over Treasures

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  By Danita Wright, LCSWR, LCC Psychotherapist Recently I sat in a church conference as our Bishop spoke about our youth, admonishing us not to “trip over our treasures.”  This statement resonated with me because I have always been drawn to and loved working with young people, who are truly ‘our treasures’.   When do we take the time to look into the eyes of and listen to the hearts of ‘our treasures’?  As a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, I am seeing more and more children with anxiety and depression, often because they are isolated and lack the ability to utilize critical social skills...

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Infidelity: Ancient and Current

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By Rev. Alan F. Steinke, LCSW-R, LCC Pastoral Therapist Infidelity is rampant. The most recent studies indicate that 44 to 52 percent of men, and 25 to 30 percent of women have affairs. But infidelity is nothing new. In II Samuel, chapter 11, we read of King David and his lust for Bathsheba which became a very famous, vicious and heinous infidelity. It is worth a reading as an adjunct to these paragraphs. We know that adultery has shadowed marriage from the beginning, and so too has the taboo against it. Infidelity is the only sin that gets two commandments in the Bible—one for committing it...

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“I Believe You” 

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By The Rev. Thomas S. Taylor No part of our society is immune from the sober realization that our leaders are being exposed as a source of the abuse of power over those under their care, control and influence. Virtually every level of our shared public lives has been stunned by the almost daily revelations of various forms of abuse and mistrust of public figures from politics, entertainment, education, healthcare, sports and religion. We corporately and individually share pain, disappointment, and a sense of betrayal of trust upon hearing of yet another case of abuse. These stories are not...

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The Importance of Forgiveness in Relationships

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For millennia, the practice of forgiveness has been central to the religious and spiritual life of the Christian community. The words of Jesus in the Pater Noster or Lord’s Prayer remind us that we are forgiven our trespasses even as we forgive those who trespass against us. While all people of faith would certainly embrace this teaching in theory, we must also acknowledge that in practice it is sometimes easier said than done. Why? What we are learning from neuroscience and from actual brain scans is that the brain, yours and mine, has a built-in negativity bias that reminds us of previous...

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Daily Prayer Reduces Stress and Anxiety

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In recent months I have been focusing on the extraordinary findings emerging from the field of neuroscience which are revealing that far from being fixed and unchanging, the human brain has a remarkable capacity for neuroplasticity, for continued change and growth throughout our lives. Moreover, the revolutionary discovery also reveals that the “gift” of neuroplasticity is available to us not only in our youth but across the entire lifespan, even in later adulthood.  Neuroscientists have only scratched the surface in terms of what is known about the human brain, which leads me as a pastoral...

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Over-Committed in the New Year?

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A new year beckons. With it come plans for personal change, growth and service, whether we formulate them into “New Year’s resolutions” or not.  We want to get to the gym and get in shape. We want to spend more time with the kids or grandkids. We want to take that course or finish our degree. We want to be more committed, more involved in the ministry of our church.  But with all our plans and hopes, will we find ourselves over-committed and stressed out?  If we take our Christian faith and life seriously, we can be torn over what appears to be an awkward choice:  serving God faithfully to...

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