Developing Welcoming Faith Communities
Developing Welcoming Faith Communities
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This document provides an overview of what is available to faith-based communities, religious congregations, and mental health organizations that want to connect people with mental health conditions and their families to congregational life. A questionnaire about ‘welcoming religious communities’ was sent to mailing lists at both the Clearinghouse and the Collaborative and received 101 responses from church leaders, peers, and family members, all of whom work within their congregations on inclusion projects. The questionnaires allowed for respondents to describe their mental health outreach activities to us, as well as discuss common barriers to establishing welcoming congregations they experience and their strategies that have helped create welcoming congregations within well-established mental health ministries.

 

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