|In her article "Mental illness and places of worship," ("Your story matters," The Nugget, January 31, page 7) Audry Van Houweling makes some valid points. |
Throughout history, the mentally ill typically have not been able to find refuge in places of worship and have instead been faced with shame at their presumed lack of faith or pressure to put on a happy face despite their internal turmoil. However, I thank Ms. Van Houweling for noting that many churches now "recognize the prevalence and impact of mental illness" and are doing something about it. Yes, giving each other grace is crucial.
Tuesday, February 6, 2018