Beginning with the issues of the Hammer and Dance congregations are now brought front and center into the conversation. Welcome!!
Another transition point comes and goes without any of the usual markers of normalcy.
COVID-19 may not seem like a traditional natural disaster.
However, there are psychological element effects of
COVID-19 that resemble the same thoughts, feelings, and driven behaviors as natural disasters. Depression and anxiety are common mental health issues that can affect anyone during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“No more shall there be in it an infant that lives but a few days, or an old person who does not live out a lifetime … They shall build houses and inhabit them; they shall plant vineyards and eat their fruit. They shall not build, and another inhabit; they shall not plant, and another eat.” (Isaiah 65:20-22 NRSV)
This week we thank Dr. Pierre Morin and the staff of Lutheran Community Services Northwest in Portland for their on-going work with immigrants and refugees.
This week guest writer Sr. Clare Josef-Maier of Central Lutheran Church in Eugene, OR, and working in campus ministry, shares her observations on the mental health struggles faced by college students she works with.
This week’s “Hammer and Dance” begins to look at the mental health implications of the coronovirus pandemic. What are we experiencing? And how will we support one another in the years to come?
This week’s “Hammer and Dance” wants to ask about face to face ministry, what we might be doing and what – in the doing – we should be thinking about to be faithful stewards of our neighbor’s trust.
This week’s “Hammer and Dance” looks at the statistics for surging coronvirus infection rates in the states of the Pacific Northwest. How do we as church respond, prepare and minister in the midst of growing uncertainty?
COVID-19 and White Supremacy concerns are testing Americans’ sense of freedom and independence. What are your motivating values?