FSC to present virtual retreat on faith practices to ease depression

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LA CROSSE, Wis. WKBT) — The Franciscan Spirituality Center in La Crosse will present a virtual retreat from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Jan. 9, to address how living with depression can undermine faith, spirituality and religious teachings — and spiritual practices to help.
The retreat is especially timely, as researchers say that the isolation and stress resulting from COVID-19 has tripled the rate of depression in U.S. adults in all demographic groups.
“Spiritual Practices for Living With Depression: A Retreat With Monica A. Coleman” will be presented via Zoom videoconferencing. Coleman is an Africana Studies professor at the University of Delaware who spent more than 10 years in graduate theological education at Claremont School of Theology and Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago.
Her memoir “Bipolar Faith” shares her lifelong experiences with trauma and depression and how she discovered a new and liberating vision of God. Her book “Making a Way Out of No Way” is required reading at leading theological schools around the country.
“During our time together, we will redefine faith in the context of depression,” Coleman said. “We will discover beliefs and spiritual practices that support and empower individuals that experience depression.”
Participants will learn:
• Religious challenges that individuals living with depression experience.
• Seven religious teachings that undermine the experience of depression.
• Three religious principles that support the journey of faith and depression.
• And spiritual practices to engage while living with depression.
The Mental Health Coalition of the Greater La Crosse Area is a sponsor of the event, which costs $30. Participants can register at the FSC website www.FSCenter.org or call (608) 791-5295. If cost is a barrier to attending, confidential financial assistance is available upon request.