Health and Spirit
People struggling with mental illness often turn to pastors for help, but seminaries do very little to train ministers how to recognize serious psychological distress and when to refer someone to a doctor or psychologist, according to a Baylor University study. As a result, “many people in congregations continue to suffer under well-meaning pastors who primarily tell them to pray harder or confess sin in relation to mental health problems,” researchers wrote in the study, published in the Journal of Research on Christian Education.
Donna Ferrato, a documentary photographer who has received international acclaim for her work to capture and end family violence, will launch Sept. 12 at Vanderbilt University the first gallery exhibition in her series that focuses on women who have left their abusers. "I Am Unbeatable–Documenting and Celebrating Stories of Empowerment: Photographs by Donna Ferrato," will be on display at Vanderbilt Fine Arts Gallery through Dec. 4. The exhibition is free and open to the public. A reception will be held in honor of the photographer Sept. 12 from 5 to 8 p.m. Ferrato will speak on "Looking for Positive Change in a Climate of Fear" at 6 p.m. In addition to photographs, a video about a survivor of domestic violence named Sarah will run continuously in the gallery.
Singer and actress Jill Scott is on the cover of the September 2014 issue of Essence magazine Jill Scott shows offer her new hourglass shape in a beautiful black form-fitted dress. She’s also wearing a short blonde wig styled by Ursula Stephens, who is also the stylist for Rihanna. “I’m a wood-burning stove; it’s a slow brew,” she says referring to how long it has taken her to drop some serious pounds. She also talks briefly about the new man in her life. “My only job is to be happy. So for everybody that cares about me and is not trying to be all up in a celebrity’s business, just know that I’m happy. My son is happy. We enjoy our lives,” she said.
Nassau, Bahamas – Interdenominational unity and overwhelming love for God and God’s people saturated the Benton Convention Center in Winston Salem, North Carolina as Global United Fellowship (GUF) recently hosted its inaugural conference – The Gathering – in the charming southern city. With exceptional ministry and marketplace workshops; transformative prayer, praise and worship; and fiery, impassioned, empowering preaching – THE GATHERING 2014 set a tone of elevated excellence and vigorous pursuit of The Great Commission that undergirds Global United Fellowship, which in less than one year old but has made extraordinary strides and impact with membership currently comprised of over 400 churches representing five Continents and approximately 20 denominations.
SAN FRANCISCO — Risky situations increase anxiety for women but not for men, leading women to perform worse under these circumstances, finds a study to be presented at the 109th Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association. “On the surface, risky situations may not appear to be particularly disadvantageous to women, but these findings suggest otherwise,” said study author Susan R. Fisk, a doctoral candidate in sociology at Stanford University, who defines a risky situation as any setting with an uncertain outcome in which there can be both positive or negative results, depending on some combination of skill and chance.
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