Physical health is important, but it is only one component of overall well-being. Therefore, Wespath is working to improve five inter-related dimensions of well-being: physical, emotional, spiritual, social and financial. Each dimension impacts our ability to thrive and our vitality in mission and ministry. The well-being of those who serve the Church also affects the whole United Methodist connection—family, congregation, community and the broader Church itself.Although many are healthier in some areas than others, our research suggests that improving well-being in one dimension can have a positive effect on other dimensions as well. Get started by setting goals to improve one or two dimensions of health, adding goals for other dimensions over time.Health and Wholeness – read more from umcjustice.org.
General Board of Church & Society
Our Social Principles state “Creating the personal, environmental and social conditions in which health can thrive is a joint responsibility—public and private.” (Social Principles, ¶162.V) God created all of us to thrive and be well. Today’s world poses barriers to that. Too many of us lack access to quality health care when we are sick, and preventive care when we are well.
Our work on health care, mental health and addictions seeks to address unjust policies and practices that obstruct good health. The United Methodist Church declares, “Health care is a basic human right.“ (Social Principles, ¶162.V) It also says, “It is unjust to construct or perpetuate barriers to physical or mental wholeness or full participation in community.” (Social Principles, ¶162.V)
Our call is to advocate for policies that promote access to health care, including mental health and addiction resources.
TSPN offers a variety of resources for members and the general public, all available for free consultation or download. Feel free to explore their offerings via this link.
Strength for the Journey
An annual weekend retreat for adults, 18 years of age or older with HIV without regard to religion, race, sex, or sexual orientation. Strength for the Journey was founded by the Reverend Burt All, a United Methodist minister who was himself living with AIDS. Burt has a vision of a place away from the city–away from the pressures of day to day life–where others living with HIV/AIDS could rest, relax, share, connect, play, and heal. His vision was realized in 1988 with the first “Strength for the Journey” retreats in Los Angeles and San Diego. Strength for the Journey is a retreat providing a safe, caring and healing community. This week includes activities to nourish the mind, body, and soul, so that participants may return home with a renewed strength and spirit.