Jesus Christ reportedly healed many people suffering from what today we would term mental illness. But what does his church have to say to the mentally ill today?
The Rev. Dr. Sarah Lund will offer an answer when she speaks at Florence Christian Church on Sunday, May 21. She’ll also talk about her book, “Blessed Are the Crazy: Breaking the Silence about Mental Illness, Families and Church.”
In that memoir, published by Chalice Press, Lund looks back at her father’s struggle with bipolar disorder, as well as the struggles of her brother and cousin with mental illness.
Lund describes herself as “passionate about partnering with others to spread healing and hope to people in pain and on the margins.” An ordained minister in the United Church of Christ and the Disciples of Christ, she is the vice president of advancement at Christian Theological Seminary in Indianapolis.
She’s the vice chair of the United Church of Christ Mental Health Network, and that organization awarded her the Bob and Joyce Dell Award for Mental Health Education at the United Church of Christ’s 30th General Synod.
She has pastored churches in New York, Minnesota and Florida. She is a wife to her husband, Jonathan, and mother to her son, Carter, who’s in the first grade.
Lund will preach at the 9 a.m. and 10:30 services, and will sign copies of her book after each service. At noon, the church will serve a healthy lunch, at which Lund will lead a discussion on myths of mental illness and how churches can better welcome the mentally ill.
Those interested in staying for lunch must made reservations by Thursday, May 18, and may do so by signing up at the church, 300 Main St., Florence, KY 41042; calling the office at (859) 647-5000, Ext. 550; or emailing [email protected].