Recovery in the Church – from here to where?

I’ve been thinking a bit more about the Recovery Model as a helpful tool for churches. In this post I will consider three of the elements, that recovery: is a journey rather than a destination does not necessarily mean getting back to where you were before happens in ‘fits and starts’ and, like life, has […]

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recovery is possible

It is possible to recover. It’s amazing how far people will go to disprove this, how powerful our negative voice can be and how programmed for fear we are. This negative perspective can overwhelm our collective planning and conversation. We do two simple things that ensure we almost always have conversations about negative things. The […]

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a holistic approach to recovery

A holistic view In this section I want to look at the Recovery Model then begin to work through it point by point in the posts that follow. I realise that for some people suggesting an organisation is mentally ill is a bit of a leap but I want to assure you all that I’m […]

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a mentally unwell church

In my series on Missing Generations I wrote about some of the organisation difficulties the church is experiencing, some of which are caused by the ways different generations think about the church, abut change and about development.  We tinker around the edges of change because we have an underlying lack of confidence in who we […]

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That won’t work either

Several years ago I began a chapter in a book about the state of the Church of Scotland with these words, “This isn’t working!”.  I was talking then in particular about how as adults we don’t take learning very seriously in the church, but I think the statement applies more widely to the general malaise […]

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redefining success

“In the west, we encourage goal setting. In fact, we’re obsessed with goals – that end point we are striving so hard to reach. We jump through hoop after hoop, stepping-stone after stepping-stone, sacrificing everything just to get to that finish line. But once we get there, we realize our thinking was flawed. Now we’re unhappy […]

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Communities of Hope

Earlier in the week I attended an event called ‘Faith in Recovery’.  The morning was a step towards better spiritual care for people with mental ill health by health services working in partnership with faith communities. Last week 11 faith communities in Lanarkshire signed the See Me pledge to work towards ending the stigma around […]