Marja Bergen

author, mental health advocate, follower of Christ

Tag: church stigma

Trust God and do good

LIVING ROOM MEMORIES  270  (March 16, 2010) Big disappointment. We had to cancel the plans for a seminar because a couple of the speakers weren’t able to make it on the date we had planned. And there’s no other good time this year for me to devote to it. A trip in late May and […]

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Condemnation from Christians

LIVING ROOM MEMORIES   191  (September 23, 2008) This morning someone going by the name Warrior Princess left a comment on an article I have online right now at canadianchristianity.com. The piece tries to show how mental illnesses are illnesses like any other – diabetes, heart disease, etc. etc. I was trying to educate, to eradicate […]

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Misconceptions. uggh!!

LIVING ROOM MEMORIES  187  Canadian Christianity has another excerpt from A Firm Place to Stand up. The title is Misconceptions and in it I outline the problem many Christians have, spiritualizing mental health problems like depression. I spell it out really well. But, lo and behold, someone comments – compassionately enough – but totally NOT […]

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The way of Christ

LIVING ROOM MEMORIES  170  (June 19, 2008) I’ve been doing some exciting reading lately about things that make a lot of sense. The Secret Message of Jesus by Brian D. McLaren paints a wonderful picture of who Jesus really was and what it must have been like when he lived to hear his message and […]

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Comment on stigma in church (2019)

Copying from previous post written in 2008 when all was good for me:  I haven’t thought for a while about stigma within the church. My life has been pretty insulated. I don’t feel the effects of such stigma. But every once in a while I hear a story that gets my blood boiling. It’s not […]

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The pain of stigma in church

LIVING ROOM MEMORIES  156  (April 28, 2008) I haven’t thought for a while about stigma within the church. My life has been pretty insulated. I don’t feel the effects of such stigma. But every once in a while I hear a story that gets my blood boiling. It’s not simple anger I feel, though. It’s […]

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The good, the bad, and the ugly

LIVING ROOM MEMORIES  8  (September 16,2006) In September 2006 I had an article published online by the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA). The title was Church Support: the Good, the Bad and the Ugly. It’s no longer online, but the following is what I wrote to my blogging pals. We all know how bad the […]

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