Marja Bergen

author, mental health advocate, follower of Christ

Tag: religion

Where faith and therapy meet

RELIGION AND SPIRITUALITY IN MENTAL HEALTH CARE On December 20, I attended a seminar by Joseph Currier on Spiritual and Religious Competencies for Mental Health Care. The seminar was put on by Duke University’s Center for Spirituality, Theology and Health, under the direction of Dr. Harold Koenig, a leading researcher in the field. Much research […]


Changes for Gandhi – A life worth living – Part 29

During Gandhi’s stay in Pretoria, he read about 80 books on religion. He came under the influence of Christianity and took Bible classes, but did not embrace it. [1] Gandhi underwent a gradual change, reducing his wants and expenses. He began to do his own laundry and clean out his own chamber pot, often his […]


Jesus’ subversive spirituality

LIVING ROOM MEMORIES  230  (April 8, 2009) I’m reading The End of Religion by Bruxy Cavey, the pastor of The Meeting House, “a church for people who aren’t into church.” I’ve been reading quite a few books about Jesus’ radical nature and find them exciting. The Christian church has gotten hung up on so many […]


Nonreligious Christianity

LIVING ROOM MEMORIES  164  (June 4, 2008) At one of the Living Rooms last night we were discussing what the word religion actually means. The topic was raised when I started talking about the book I’m reading, Blue Like Jazz by Donald Miller. I must say I really like exploring revolutionary approaches to Christianity. Jesus […]


Nonreligious gratitude?

My mental health worker told me that I should keep a gratitude journal, at the end of each day listing all the good things that have happened to me. I told her, “But I already do that. I thank God every day for what He has given me and what He has done for me.” […]


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