Dear Friends in Christ,
I’ve recently joined the Faith Communities Task Force of the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention, and urge you to participate in our Faith.Hope.Life Initiative. In connection with World Suicide Prevention Day on Sunday, September 9, 2018, we are inviting individuals and faith communities to participate in a National Week-end of Prayer for Faith, Hope & Life from September 7-9, 2018 – a national opportunity to pray for those whose lives have been touched by suicide.
I hope that all of you will take a look at the resources on the website. Many of the liturgies and prayers focus on mental health issues and encourage hope and life, many of the materials can be made available on resource tables, and everything can be adapted to your community. The resources can be used for a service, a speaker’s event, a class, or simply as handouts in appropriate locations.
PLUS! Congregations can focus on the Faith.Hope.Life initiative anytime in September, National Suicide Prevention Month, if the “official” designated week-end doesn’t work for you. I hope that every congregation will consider signing on to participate in whatever way works for the them! There’s a pledge button on the website – please make use of it!
If I can be of any help as a resource person or speaker, please let me know!
Rev. Robin Craig
Independence Presbyterian Church