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Clergy Warm Line (Episcopal Mental & Spiritual Health Crisis Ministry)

Episcopal Mental & Spiritual Health Crisis Ministry Website: www.njmindspirit.org


 
Dear sister and brother clergy in the Dioceses of Newark and New Jersey,

The COVID-19 Pandemic, along with its disproportionate illness and death in communities of color, national economic instability, and our country’s reckoning with systemic racism and oppression, all converge to make pastoral ministry such an immense challenge today. As well, if you are both clergy and a parent responsible for your child’s remote learning and care, these challenges must seem even more difficult; perhaps even overwhelming to navigate.

Many clergy report feelings of fatigue, worry, stress and all the anxiety which comes from uncertainty. Many feel the agitations of mind, spirit and emotions in performing the tasks of ministry in so many new ways:  from wrestling with technology to the helplessness that comes when we can’t minister to others as we feel called to do. Still other clergy report feelings of outright depression, hopelessness, and despair.

You are not alone. If you are experiencing such feelings, help is available through the “Warm Line” operated by the Episcopal Mental and Spiritual Health Crisis Ministry of the Dioceses of Newark and New Jersey, which began operating on Friday, October 2, 2020.

Our sister Dioceses of Newark and New Jersey have created a new ministry with an array of resources to assist clergy with mental and spiritual health self-care. One key resource we offer is the opportunity to talk to a trained and experienced counselor who can listen to you, accompany you, support you, and also refer you to additional help, if indicated.

Simply call the telephone number highlighted below, and you will be directed to a caring, competent, experienced, and wise counselor to offer you help and referrals. If you call outside of those hours, please leave a message and your call will be returned during the next time of operation. If you are experiencing a mental health emergency, please call 911 or contact the Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-8255. The Lifeline provides a live person and resources in times of crisis.

Episcopal Mental & Spiritual Health Crisis Ministry Website: www.njmindspirit.org

Warm Line Hours of Operation: Wednesdays, 10 am-12 pm; Fridays, 4 pm to 6 pm

Telephone Number: 609-365-WARM (9276)

We are here for you!  We repeat—you are not alone. 

Jesus invites his disciples to love our neighbor, as we love ourselves.

Please call for help today if you need it!

The Episcopal Mental and Spiritual Health Crisis Ministry of the Dioceses of Newark and New Jersey

Resource Date: 
Sep 28, 2020