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July 10, 2020
by Tina Arnoldi

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Faith has grown during the pandemic, but will it last?

July 10, 2020 08:06 by Tina Arnoldi  [About the Author]

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Some Americans have a stronger faith as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a new Pew Research Center survey. Experts offer several reasons for this resurgence, including a need for stability, having more time to think about deeper matters, and as a response to an unknown crisis. Once the pandemic is behind us, there are mixed opinions about whether this increase in faith will last. [More]

March 13, 2020
by Tina Arnoldi

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The Holistic Approach to Care in the Adventist Church

March 13, 2020 08:04 by Tina Arnoldi  [About the Author]

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Some faiths are more advanced in their approach to mental illness than others. In a previous article, I highlighted the work of the Presbyterian church and invited experts to comment on the role of churches in addressing mental illness. Adventists are another faith community that set an example for how congregations care for their mentally ill members. [More]

March 6, 2020
by Tina Arnoldi

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The Role of Churches in Addressing Mental Illness

March 6, 2020 09:13 by Tina Arnoldi  [About the Author]

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The top two mental health barriers for members, church leaders, and mid-council leaders were “not knowing how to respond to an individual showing signs of a mental health condition” and “lack of knowledge about mental health issues.” These responses are not uncommon in faith communities as many do not know how to respond to mental illness, both from a lack of knowledge and misperceptions. [More]

April 10, 2016
by Agnes Oh, PsyD, LMFT

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New Mainstream in Hollywood: Faith-based Films

April 10, 2016 16:10 by Agnes Oh, PsyD, LMFT   [About the Author]

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Easter may have come and gone but its spirit only seems to be rising and expanding. The fervor is especially evident in the string of faith-based films released in recent years, steadily appealing to and supported by Christian movie-goers nationwide. The latest of these is “Miracles From Heaven” – a new release from Sony which is already making headlines... [More]

November 3, 2015
by Ruth Gordon, MA, MSW, LCSW

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Jorge Bergoglio aka Pope Francis; A Happy Fellow

November 3, 2015 07:45 by Ruth Gordon, MA, MSW, LCSW  [About the Author]

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Would you have imagined that a Pope would be celebrated for his relaxed and pleasant demeanor? Crowds would assemble and yearn to connect with this ex-bouncer who sees it as part of his calling to wash the feet of a Muslim female prisoner? Or hang on the words of a newly-elected Pope who stands, in muslin, to greet his cardinals rather than receive them from a throne while draped in furs? Who would have expected this? [More]

April 6, 2015
by Dr. Tony Victor D.Min., LCPC

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Memories Pizza: Refusal to Serve Brings on Death Threats

April 6, 2015 16:17 by Dr. Tony Victor D.Min., LCPC  [About the Author]

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CNN (L. Jones, April 3, 2015) reported that the owners of Memories Pizza, Crystal and Kevin O’Conner, have closed down their store and have gone into hiding. This was in reaction to threats to burn the store down and personal death threats directed toward the O’Conner family after publicly stating they would not cater a same sex wedding. In reaction to the threats The Dana Show, a nationally syndicated radio talk show, (April 3, 2015) set up a fund and raised $842, 387 in less than a week [More]