This article in The Atlantic talks about women who were accused of complicity in the sexual abuse of other women and children. I wanted the chuch to be aware of this reality.
I am a 58-year-old woman. I was born in Montreal and grew up in a western suburb of the city. I became a confessing member of the local CRC, First Christian Reformed Church of Monreal on May 15, 1977, so this year will be the 40th anniversary of that event. I have two B.A.s, one in LInguistics and the other in English Studies with a Major in Professional Writing in English. I developed schizophrenia around the age of 28.
I like to paint with knives and I enjoy cooking.
One question that came in challenged the judge’s ability to do his job because of his illnesses. This challenge is based on the assumption that mental illnesses affect an individual’s intelligence and judgment.
People try to pin the blame for egregious deeds onto people with mental illnesses or anyone with whom they can’t relate as humans, because this blaming distances them psychologically and emotionally from evil.
I hope that reading this will help people to better understand what schizophrenia is and how it affects those who suffer from it.
I wanted to share this book that was made available to participants of the Disability Concerns Leadership Training Conference last fall.
For a long time I struggled with the notion that as followers of Christ we should be glad to suffer, even if the troubles we get are not necessarily persecutions per se.
Many people in the CRC complain that our denomination tends to favor head knowledge at the expense of the heart. But for people who live with mental illnesses, basing our faith on knowledge acts as an anchor against raging emotions.
As I lay in bed, I thought about a discussion I had with a sister in the faith that highlighted just one of many paradoxes of poverty.
I think we should work harder at advocating a decent standard of living for people living with disabilities. Living in poverty places undue burdens on already vulnerable souls.
I haven't seen a brown bin at church, but I do know that my church does recycling. Usually the bin is kept inside next to the side door of the building, so if there was a brown bin it would...posted on: Does Your Church Compost?
People are selfish. I guess the reason they don't want to turn off their phones is because having inactive phone makes them feel important. I hope that your church does not also use a computer...posted on: An Unusual Sensitivity
Wow! I hadn't heard of that one yet. Although no disability is ever convenient, that one would take the cake for inconvenience. Sorry, but I can't talk to the members of your congregation. ...posted on: An Unusual Sensitivity
I just finished reading the latest issue of Word Alive, the magazine of Wycliffe Bible Translators, and in it there is a devotion that should interest everyone seeking to know God's will for their...
Interesting. It took me a long time to find my way because my gifts didn't fit into the conventional ways of serving God in the CRC, where if you're not called to be a pastor, sing in the choir,...
The author of this comment seems to assume that churches dropped the second service for trivial reasons. Whereas I can't speak for other congregations, that wasn't the case for the Montreal CRC...posted on: Way More Than Twice
I find it difficult to relate to what you're saying because it doesn't describe my experience of church AT ALL. And yet, Montreal is not exactly a small city. Maybe you haven't visited the right...posted on: Instead of Church
Yes, we all need to be more grateful and remember when God grants our prayers. But when it comes to praying, I find that writing my prayers works best. I write them in a journal because that way...posted on: New Hearts and New Prayers
The Montreal CRC stopped holding an evening service in the 1990s. Attendance was low, so for awhile we held a sort of Bible study in the Fellowship Hall with prayer and singing, but people who...
On the channel Animal Planet there is a series called Collar of Duty, and in one of the episodes a young woman had developed PTSD after having been bullied while in school. She either found or...posted on: My Journey With PTSD