During this time of isolation it is important to take care of our mental health and well-being. Below are several resources that we recommend. For a list of counsellors and spiritual directors, contact us and we will send that to you.
It’s vital not only to be connected to family, friends, and neighbours, and to those who are part of Artisan, but also to lean into our connection with the global church body. One way to do this is to not only use the church calendar to give shape to our worship, but to allow the Lectionary to determine the texts from which we preach. Follow our preaching podcast wherever podcasts are streamed – Apple Podcasts, GooglePlay, etc.
This resource was created by Church of the City in New York. Here you will find liturgies intended to address different cultural, spiritual, or quotidian anxieties you may be facing, and to redirect our hearts, minds, and language toward truth.
Hillary McBride has written and recorded a grounding meditation designed for those who may be experiencing heightened anxiety or fear at this time. This meditation is meant to help calm the mind and the body.
Faith, Grief & Covid is a resource from Sanctuary Mental Health that addresses the questions so many of us are facing during this pandemic: How do we understand and process grief as people of faith? How can we support vulnerable and grieving members of our community while practicing physical distancing? Where can we find hope and joy in this season? Four short films feature insights from a panel of experts with knowledge and experience in the fields of counselling, psychology, theology, and palliative care. Topics addressed include:
- the complex and dynamic nature of grief in this season,
- the presence of grief and lament in Scripture,
- the role that culture and faith play in shaping our experiences of grief,
- the importance of empathy and hospitality in the grieving process,
- practical ways to support those who are grieving.
- The videos are accompanied by a discussion guide with questions, reflections, and prayers—ideal for use in small groups. The guide also offers tips for facilitation, best practices for online meetings, and links to further resources on mental health and COVID-19. If you would like to stay in the loop re: these Faith, Grief & Covid groups, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or follow updates in our weekly Community Life email.