In the context of a worship service and in the weekly life of a congregation, the minister is "gatekeeper" to information and beliefs about many controversial topics. If they are open to a holistic understanding of human behavior and mental health issues, they can help overcome shame and stigma rather than reinforce it. The religious leader's words, phrases and delivery during sermons, announcements, prayers and counseling can state or imply either judgment or compassion toward people with mental and emotional conditions. In this section we offer positive examples which we trust will inspire faith leaders to offer healing and hope to individuals and families living with mental health concerns..
More sermons will be added in the future.