The Lifesaving Church – Saturday, Feb. 6, 10 AM
January 25 2021
Recently, the diagnosis of anxiety has gone from 1 in 5 to 1 in 3 and may become 1 in 2 by the time pandemic is over. This confirms what we already know: pandemic has increased stress for all of us. For many, it has put us over the edge between stress and anxiety. Between the increase in isolation, the increase in COVID cases, grief, and the political situation, it is no surprise that people are struggling more than ever before. The question of how we care for ourselves becomes essential.
Join us for a special Adult Ed Forum on Saturday, Feb. 6th at 10:00 AM featuring, Rev. Dr. Rachael Keefe of the Living Table United Church of Christ in Minneapolis will join us to discuss these mental health topics as well as a number of ideas from her book, The Lifesaving Church. Copies of the book will be available at the church prior to this special Forum. (It is also for sale on Amazon.)
Rev. Dr. Rachael Keefe is the author of The Lifesaving Church: Faith Communities and Suicide Prevention (Chalice Press, 2018), and pastor of Living Table United Church of Christ in Minneapolis, MN. She’s a favored conference presenter on topics related to the church and mental health, particularly suicide and congregations. Previously, she served as clinical chaplain at a state psychiatric hospital where she worked with patients, staff, clergy, and faith communities to increase understanding and welcome of persons living with severe and persistent symptoms of mental illness. She also served on a State Suicide Prevention Council.
Since her ordination in 1992, Keefe has served in many different ministry settings. Keefe has graduate degrees from Princeton Theological Seminary and Andover Newton Seminary at Yale Divinity School (formerly Andover Newton Theological School), and is currently enrolled in a graduate certificate program in spiritual direction at St. Catherine University. She is a painter and a poet, and her other published works are three in a series of theological poetry, which you can find out more on by visiting her website, beachtheology.com.