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Sunshine from Darkness: The Pathways to Promise Poster Project
May 5, 2006
During the past two decades, Pathways to Promise has been a leader in educating the Faith Community concerning the biologic basis for and associated stigma of serious mental illness. As well, it has provided resources for aiding congregations that desire to improve their ministry with people living with these disorders. In recognition of the significant role that Pathways has played in helping congregations understand the challenges associated with mental illness and the potential positive effect that congregations can play in recovery of those affected, it has received financial assistance for providing a new, unique resource that may soon be available to all congregations.
A small "start up" grant from NAMI FaithNet Orange County, CA permitted the development and initial distribution of a poster-packet for use by congregations. The packet includes a color print of a painting obtained from NARSAD (National Alliance for Research in Schizophrenia and Depression) titled "Sunshine from Darkness." Also in this packet are poster-sheets, which can be placed on bulletin boards with the "Sunshine from Darkness " print. These poster-sheets contain useful information for people living with a mental illness, caretakers, and congregations.
This "start up" grant also made two pilot projects possible. Poster-packets were supplied to the United Church of Christ (UCC) and the Chicago Catholic Archdiocesan Commission on Mental Illness. In turn, the UCC distributed the packets to 300 of its congregations and 275 congregations of the Disciples of Christ. The Chicago Catholic Archdiocesan Commission on Mental Illness distributed the packets to 300 congregations.
The following note to NAMI FaithNet from Deacon Tom Lambert of the Chicago Archdiocesan Commission on Mental Illness (Tom is also past president of NAMI Illinois) indicates the usefulness of Pathways' poster-packet:
The quality of these packets and the expressed appreciation for them by the UCC and the Chicago Diocese were significant factors in Pathways receiving a subsequent major grant from the American Psychiatric Foundation, which hopefully will result in this material being placed on the bulletin boards of congregations throughout the
To obtain a poster-packet, visit the Pathways' website, www.pathways2promise.org.