Mindful of Grace

Viewing Mental Illness Through the Eyes of Faith

by Matthew S. Stanford

“… I have known rejection after rejection to the point where I have left several churches. There is no support in the church for this kind of illness at all, there is only alienation. Funny how if it had been breast cancer or heart disease, the whole church would rally around me. But for the […]


A Tapestry of Brokenness

Q&A with John Kilzer

by John Shorb

Rev. Dr. John Kilzer is associate pastor at St. John’s United Methodist Church in Memphis, Tennessee where he leads The Way, a music-centered service of recovery based on the Beatitudes and the 12 Steps. He shared his remarkable story with Church Health Reader and how recovery is a process we should all embrace.   John […]


End-of-Life Curriculum for African-Americans

by Richard Payne

I am an African-American physician who has practiced in academic environments for my entire career. I have also experienced firsthand the struggles of fellow African American patients and families with end of life decision-making. Therefore I was particularly interested in providing educational and training opportunities for colleagues that would improve their skills, competency and confidence […]


Learning How to Die

Q&A with Stanley Hauerwas

by Sarah Stoneking

Stanley Hauerwas is the Gilbert T. Rowe Professor Emeritus of Theological Ethics at Duke Divinity School. In 2001, he was named by Time Magazine “America’s Best Theologian,” the same year he delivered the prestigious Gifford Lectureship at the University of St. Andrews, Scotland. Hauerwas has written prolifically across disciplinary lines: from political theory to medical […]

Last Supper

by Susan Palwick

My father loved to eat. He preferred simple, healthy food to anything fancy, and was a big fan of salad and fish. During the years he lived on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, only minutes from the docks where the fishing boats pulled in, my sister and I gorged on shrimp during our visits. We’d go […]