July 28, 2006
Mental Illness as Spiritual Journey
As a consumer and clergyperson, Rev. Susan Gregg-Schroeder brought the wisdom of her ongoing journey and struggles with depression to participants in a workshop at the 2006 NAMI Convention and offered universal truths about spirituality during difficult times.
"Our religious communities are in the dark when it comes to understanding mental illness as a treatable illness," said Rev. Gregg-Schroeder. "For two years, I hid my condition from my faith community from the very real fear that I would lose my job."
Rev. Gregg-Schroeder went on to describe what she calls "the gifts of the shadow," and the ways that her mental illness enabled her to discover opportunities for growth, change, and transformation. She also explored ways congregations can respond to persons with mental illness.
NAMI is pleased to offer the full audio of Rev. Gregg-Shroeder’s presentation online. Please use the links below under "Related Files". To play the audio on your computer, simply click the link. If you wish to download the file for playback on an iPod or other MP3 device, right-click on the link and choose "Save Target As...".
Total running time: 1 hour 5 minutes
If you wish to purchase an Audio CD of this presentation, please visit ACTS, Web site for the 2006 Convention Recording company.
Rev. Susan Gregg-Schroeder is coordinator of Mental Health Ministries, San Diego, CA.
Visit the NAMI FaithNet Web site for more information on faith and mental illness
Mental Illness As Spiritual Journey (high bandwidth - 8.2MB)
Mental Illness As Spiritual Journey (low bandwidth - 3.7MB)