Wellness Resources

Time Together

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 Time Together—Too Much or Too Little?    By: Rev. Dr. Ronald Lehenbauer, LMFT, LCC Pastoral Counselor Never Enough TimeIn our hectic modern times many couples and families have difficulty finding enough time to spend together.  Work and school and schedules keep us so busy, we have to be very intentional about scheduling time for connection with family and spouses and our close relationships.   Then, Too Much TimeOr perhaps in this past year we’ve encountered the opposite problem – too much time together.  The pandemic has isolated us in our homes – many even working...

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The Right Amount of Help For Our Young Adult Children?

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And what would that be?  By Elizabeth Geiling, MSED, LMHC . .   Changing ExpectationsEmerging Adulthood, defined as 18-25 years of age is a critical juncture in development that sets the stage for the transition into adulthood and independent living (Arnett, 2000). In the last several decades, the societal expectations for emerging adults has changed dramatically. Previously, these years included developmental milestones like leaving the parental home, acquiring a full time job, getting married, becoming a parent and assuming independent living.  Prolonged DependanceCurrently,...

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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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Resiliency In A Broken World

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Finding Resiliency In A Broken World By Janet Siry, LCSWMarch 1, 2020 The world in which we live can sometimes seem chaotic and hopeless. In our daily life, there are so many stressors that invade our sense of peace and serenity. At times, it seems that life is too overwhelming to achieve our dreams. The efforts we make to change our circumstances seem futile. We feel alone and abandoned by the attitudes and values of those we are close to and by those of society at large.  It is tempting to believe that no one else can understand the desolation we feel. These thoughts, left unchecked,...

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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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Mental Health and Spirituality: Affirming a Cultural Narrative

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By Aleisha GarvinNovember 17, 2019 Faith: the solid foundation According to a recent Gallup survey, African Americans are the most religious culture in the United States. Our faith and religious beliefs can be traced back to slavery as being the sure solid foundation that has sustained us through hard times and helped us to become a resilient people. Our ancestors no doubt experienced what we now know as Trauma, Depression, Anxiety, and PTSD to name a few diagnoses that were unnamed in that era. We were taught to be strong, both mentally and physically. We were taught to overcome hardships....

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