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    Praying In the Dark:

    Help & Hope for Depression

    An Online Learning Series

    Led by Rev. Dr. Tom Lewis

    Oct. 3, 10, 17 & 24, 2020

    (Saturdays 10:00 a.m. – 12:00)

     

    These are troubling times. In America we have faced two major crises in the last few months: a coronavirus pandemic and racial upheaval over police brutality. Both have greatly increased the level of stress; the loss has been enormous, and a sense of hopelessness has invaded. Stress, loss, and hopelessness can be triggers for clinical depression.

    While the number of COVID-19 illnesses from the pandemic are far beyond anything we could have imagined, we don’t often think about clinical depression as another killer illness. Depression devastates 10 to 20 million Americans and is associated with 800,000 suicides per year throughout the world. The disability caused by depression is enormous, causing loss of time at work, break up of families, hopelessness, and sometimes suicide. This is a medical and psychological illness that crushes the spirit of the individual. Unfortunately, most people keep quiet about depression because of shame and perceived stigma. The good news is there is help and hope for those who suffer from depression.

    Join Tom Lewis for an online group learning series where we will examine depression and its spiritual impact, offering exercises to help restore hope. The class will use Tom’s book, Finding God: Praying the Psalms In Times of Depression.

    Tuition for the series is $175 per person, which includes four sessions of group facilitation, a copy of Tom’s book, and additional materials for work outside of class. This class will meet online via Zoom video conferencing for two hours from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 on four consecutive Saturdays: October 3, 10, 17, and 24. Partial scholarships are available to those with financial need. Please contact Rob Field at director@centersw.org for scholarship information.

    Participation will be limited to insure a quality group experience, and registrations are now being accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Use THIS LINK to register and pay online. Please use our CONTACT FORM to request additional information.

    Who can benefit from this class? Anyone struggling with depression, anyone who wants to learn more about it, or those who may be caring for a depressed family member or friend. You’ll need Tom’s book (provided to all who register), a journal, a computer/device that allows you to hear and to speak, and access to the Zoom video conference platform (anyone can register for a free Zoom account). All are welcome to participate.

    Tom Lewis is a retired Presbyterian minister with degrees in biology, theology, and spirituality. He is also surviving depression. In graduate school he focused his dissertation on the spiritual components of depression, which was later published as a book. Tom has conducted numerous seminars and conferences bringing hope to many people.

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