Coping with Anxiety in Face of Coronavirus 

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  By Rev. Thomas Taylor, LCSW-R, Ph.D., LCC Pastoral Counselor  “Why are you so anxious?”, my wife asked Monday morning as I prepared to leave home.  “Anxious? Me anxious? I’m about to get on the subway for the 1st time since the report of a New Yorker with coronavirus”. And anxious I was, as I began to think through walking out of our apartment into a – possible – new reality of life with COVID-19, AKA, coronavirus.  We all have, no doubt, had similar anxious concerns about how best to protect ourselves and our loved ones. As a worshipping community whose life centers around gathering...

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Practical Neuroscience and Contemplative Wisdom

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By Rev. Kirk Bingaman, PhD In recent years, I have been focusing on neuroscientific findings, which reveal that far from being fixed and unchanging, the human brain has a remarkable capacity for growth and change across one’s entire lifespan. Neuroscientists have only scratched the surface in terms of what is known about the human brain, which leads me back to the words of the psalmist: we humans are wonderfully and fearfully made (Psalm 139:14). The research holds great promise for helping us find ways to live abundantly and less anxiously, even in these challenging and uncertain...

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What is Trauma?

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What is Trauma? How Does it Affect Me and My Family? By Janet SiryJune 25, 2019 What do you think of when you hear the word “trauma”? Perhaps you think of a recent major disaster caused by man or nature. Maybe you remember something that happened in your own life that changed your perceptions of the world around you. Do you remember a recent visit to the emergency room or hospitalization for yourself or a loved one? Did someone you cared deeply about die recently? What images come to mind for you when you visualize that memory? Physiological and psychological stress occurs for adults...

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Caregiver Stress Has Many Faces

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Who Are The Caregivers? At present, approximately 18% of the U.S. adult population or 43.5 million people will spend an average of 20 hours a week being a caregiver (National Alliance for Caregiving and AARP Public Policy Institute, 2015). A caregiver is defined as someone who provides unpaid care to an adult or child with a chronic illness or disability.  Caregivers are diverse: they come from every age, gender, socioeconomic, and racial/ethnic group. Adult children often attend to their elderly parents with health problems or age-related disabilities while raising their own children....

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