Keefe will be presenting and answering questions at this important educational event. Spend the morning learning how you and your congregation can be more welcoming, inclusive, supportive and engaged with persons with mental health challenges. We will review signs and symptoms of mental illness and address the silence and stigma that accompany it. As church we can do better than we have done. The afternoon will be more focused on suicide and those who live with suicidality. Congregations can play an important role in suicide prevention and postvention. You will hear some of the author's story along with a new way of thinking about suicide theologically, with an ultimate goal of saving lives. Both morning and afternoon sessions will have space for your questions to be answered too.
Is your church prepared to save lives? Every year, millions of people engage in suicidal activity, including men,
women, and young people in our faith communities. Yet the Church remains largely silent around the topics of mental
health, depression, and suicide prevention. How can you and your faith community be prepared to recognize and
respond to those struggling for their very lives in your church?
Pastor and suicide survivor Rachael Keefe shatters the silence around suicide by sharing her own painful story of life-long depression and suicidality--and how her various faith communities responded, for better and for worse. Each chapter includes personal story, theological reflection, clinical response, and concrete actions churches can take to become a livesaving community.
Rachael A. Keefe is the pastor of Living Table United Church of Christ (UCC) in the Twin Cities. Since being ordained by the UCC in 1992, Rachael has served in many different ministry settings both traditional and decidedly nontraditional, in Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Minnesota. She has a Master of Divinity degree from Princeton Theological School, another Masters degree (ThM) from Princeton, in Christian Education and Counseling, and a doctoral degree (DMin) from Andover Newton Seminary at Yale Divinity School, formerly Andover Newton Theological School. Rachael is a pastor, an author, a painter, and a poet. On sunny afternoons you might see her with her easel at a local park or river walkway. You can learn more about Keefe, her other publications, read reviews and more on beachtheology.com.
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Keefe is the pastor of Living Table UCC in Minneapolis. Sunday worship is 10:30AM - noon and you are welcome any time. If you are in the Twin Cities area, please stop in and join us for worship some time.
Living Table UCC
3805 East 40th Street
Minneapolis, MN 55406