You are invited to Anabaptist Disabilities Network's third annual banquet, December 3, 2015, in Goshen, Indiana.
The Point of No Return
Dwight Roth paints a haunting word picture that challenges us to think about who we are and how we show compassion in his poem, The Point of No Return, about a man with dementia wandering at Wal-Mart.
3 Ways to Be an Ally
If you’ve ever struggled with a mental illness and heard people chime in with expressions like “you’ll get through this, just have more faith,” “God will never give you more than you can handle” or “you’re letting the Devil win by giving up” you’re not alone. I’ve heard those expressions, too, many times and each time the cringe lines on my face have grown deeper and deeper.
Lucy Made of Light
“It’s always darkest before it’s pitch black!” she says. “My name’s Lucy. What’s yours?”
A Church for All People
Mental illness is “the only illness in the world where you never get a covered dish!” remarked mental health advocate Joyce Burland, describing the isolation and stigma that typically accompany these conditions, even (and sometimes especially) in Christian churches. The strong Anabaptist value of caring for one another in the body of Christ often surrounds church members suffering poor health with rich support from others in the faith community. Yet those living with a mental illness and their families may feel excluded from this fabric of care and marginalized by silence.