Marja Bergen

author, mental health advocate, follower of Christ

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Equal under God

As a person with mental health challenges, I claim the right to be considered equal. I may be different, but I am equal. Equal under God, the same as everyone else. Many have accepted people with problems like mine, making us part of their church and community. But this doesn’t mean we’re necessarily counted as […]

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Brothers and sisters all

The blacks of South Africa were considered inferior. Nelson Mandela brought in a more equal social order. He made a difference. Women were—and still are—considered inferior to men. Ruth Bader Ginsburg and others made a difference. Rosa Parks, considered an inferior black, refused to let a white passenger take her seat on the bus. She […]

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Desegregation and equality – A life worth living – Part 54

On May 17, 1954, the Supreme Court outlawed segregation in public schools. The Court affirmed that “separate but equal” facilities are inherently unequal. To segregate a child on the basis of his race is to deny that child equal protection of the law. It furthered the black person’s sense of dignity. King commented on how […]

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Justice – A life worth living. Part 2

The justice this book will talk about is the entitlement for everyone to have the same fundamental human rights—the right to equality and dignity, the freedom from all forms of discrimination. There are many human rights movements active today. All people in our world deserve to be treated justly—regardless of race, colour, gender, disability, and […]

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Part 2 – Small like Gandhi

EQUALITY IN RELATIONSHIPS  So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them. (Genesis 1:27) As we saw in Part 1, God made us all to be equal. But too often people automatically think that when a person is different from themselves, they […]

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Part 8 – Martin Luther King Jr.

MARTIN LUTHER KING JR (1929 – 1968)   Martin Luther King Jr was a Baptist minister and civil rights activist. He was one of the most influential and inspirational African-American leaders in history. King attended Booker T. Washington High School, where he was said to be a precocious student. He skipped the ninth and eleventh […]

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Further thoughts on brothers & sisters all

  Please stay tuned for further thoughts on this topic, coming next week. In the previous mailing I leaned heavily on the point of view of people with mental health issues – about their need to be seen as equals under God. But what about those who support them or would like to know how […]

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Brothers and sisters all

  There is no longer Jew or Gentile, slave or free, male and female. For you are all one in Christ Jesus. Galatians 3:28 NLT At the time Jesus came to earth, people were not believed to have equal value. But Jesus changed things, treating people with equal dignity and worth. Christianity became foundational to […]

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No lesser, nor greater

He made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness.  And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death— even death on a cross! Philippians 2:7-8   My book I Will Not Hide will soon be on its way to the […]

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Equality under God (2019)

    Life is hard for those with mental health issues wanting to make the world a better place for others like them. There’s the problem of not being thought equal to others – the problem of being looked down on. Is there any hope at all for people like that to be heard? Any […]

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