Trauma-informed Ministry in a time of COVID

First published on: 28th July 2020

Trauma-informed Ministry in a time of COVID, delivered by the Tragedy and Congregations Team:The Revd Dr Carla Grosch-MillerThe Revd Hilary IsonProfessor Christopher Southgate.Since 2017 the team has delivered 20 training days in various se

Easing out of Lockdown – what next?

First published on: 28th July 2020

Systemic facilitator and trainer Revd Hilary Ison offers further insights gained from her work as part of the Tragedy and Congregations team.Stress is exhaustingAs we ease out of lockdown, I wonder what your reaction was when it was announced that ch

A message for clergy spouses in the time of Covid-19 and beyond: No time to Breathe?

First published on: 14th July 2020

*Spouse: in the context of this paper I am using the term spouse to refer to, and be inclusive of, the diversity of partnerships which exist through being in relationship with a member of the clergy. Clergy mental wellbeing has, for some time, gather

A reflection on transitions

First published on: 14th July 2020

Helen Averill, who runs the Clergy Transitions Service, reflects on change and transition in relation to the effect of the Covid pandemic and the process of adjustment and gradual moving forward.TransitionNoun: the process or a period of changin

Understanding the body: A Christian approach to managing anxiety

First published on: 1st July 2020

St Lukes Virtual Clergy Wellbeing ProgrammeUnderstanding the body: A Christian approach to managing anxiety In the second of this series of reflections on managing anxiety, Michle Hampson shows us how we can incorporate a spiritual dimension into sim

Raging against

First published on: 29th June 2020

After so many weeks of being constricted, and of fearing the possibility of an unseen but life- threatening virus, it is no surprise that feelings run high some days. Our internal limbic brain systems have been functioning on high alert, and the natu

Creating a safe space: a Christian perspective to managing anxiety

First published on: 23rd June 2020

Michele Hampson shows how creating a safe space can help us respond to stress and anxiety, starting with an understanding of our natural biological reactions. A safe space is one we can picture in detail and that we associate with a sense of peace. I

Here be dragons

First published on: 16th June 2020

St Lukes Virtual Clergy Wellbeing ProgrammeHere be dragonsSystemic facilitator and trainer Revd Hilary Ison shares reflections on responses to trauma to help us navigate these challenging times.On a walk recently I was very glad of a map I had with m

Ch ch change

First published on: 2nd June 2020

For many people the idea of change is very threatening and a source of fear, even when there may also be some excitement involved too. Both positive and negative changes can be sources of stress. Our diocese is seeing many changes right now, with the

Wellbeing and mental health during Covid-19

First published on: 5th May 2020

Every Life Matters has produced a guide to maintaining your mental health and wellbeing during Covid-19. It includes advice on working from home, creating a routine, beating anxiety, managing stress, coping mechanisms, a wellbeing plan, and how

I get knocked down but I get up again!

First published on: 30th April 2020

I Get Knocked Down but I Get Up Again CHUMBAWAMBAResilient people are not superhuman! Like each one of us, they face suffering in this life in its varied forms. They are not immune to the full range of human experience or emotion. They live it, just

I wonder if you’ve ever read a book and wished you had written it!

First published on: 31st March 2020

I wonder if youve ever read a book and wished you had written it!! This was my experience with the recent The Ruthless Elimination of Hurry How I wish I had written this, encapsulating research, contemporary cultural analysis, wisdom from the ancient

No really, I'm fine!

First published on: 3rd March 2020

Theres a great picture on Facebook the outline of a head, with an internal repeating Help me, help me filling the space and an external No really, Im fine! Many of us know those conversations. We ask how someone is and hear Im fine even when were pre


First published on: 5th February 2020

Discipline can be a dirty word for many of us. It may imply wrongdoing, being in trouble, or some form of punishment. The origins of this seem to come from old French, around 1300. Maybe we forget the root is that of being a learner, a follower, wher

Mental Health

First published on: 3rd December 2019

I wonder if the profusion of days and weeks dedicated to any and every cause find their origins in Christian festivals and Feast Days - special days to remember and focus our thoughts. Recently it was Mental Health week, and so many methods of commun

Words of wellbeing

First published on: 22nd October 2019

The power of words to build up, or to destroy, has been so evident in recent months. Our whole society has been faced with raging words, dishonest words, destructive words and personal attacks. Words have power: whether spoken to another, or to ourse


First published on: 2nd October 2019

I love it when modern psychology and the scriptures coincide so clearly! We shouldnt be surprised, but too often we can separate them and sever connection. Pauls letters are full of gratitude, no more so than in Philippians, where the tone is one of

When does your year begin?

First published on: 18th July 2019

When does your year begin? Perhaps its is the liturgical year and Advent marks the start. Perhaps it is the traditional January 1st turnover point, or perhaps, like many, the grip of the academic model means that September kicks off the sense of newn

Human beings are designed for companionship

First published on: 18th June 2019

Human beings are designed for companionship. It is not good for us to be alone too much, but as our ageing and fractured society goes on it seems that far too many experience deep loneliness. Within the body of Christs church this need not be a signi


First published on: 13th May 2019

Wellbeing seems to be the latest trendy concept a need to focus on how we best function and live with ourselves and one another at a time when anxiety and poor mental health appear to be on the increase. Shalom is an ancient Hebrew word, frequ

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