A WISE Congregation for Mental Health
FOR ALL WITH MENTAL HEALTH CHALLENGES AND THEIR LOVED ONES
We, the people of The First Congregational Church, United Church of Christ, of Billings, Montana, we are graced by the gifts, stories, and experiences of all our members, including those living with mental health challenges such as, but not limited to, stress, depression, anxiety, mental illnesses, brain disorders, addictions, and trauma. We understand that mental health challenges are something that we all experience at various times throughout our lives. We know these challenges can profoundly disturb our feelings, thoughts, and behavior. We acknowledge the stigma, trauma, and pain that can be associated with mental health challenges as well as validate that religious institutions and groups have caused and/or contributed to throughout history. We recognize that marginalized groups continue to struggle with mental health challenges at a higher rate and often receive less care. We care about the whole person: body, heart, mind, and soul. We understand that all people have unique health needs and mental health is fluid. We commit to becoming a congregation who isn’t afraid to speak about mental health challenges, care for ourselves, our staff, and our congregation, and our wider community with non-judgement and love.
Read the full covenant here.