Whose faith? What prayers?
The National Day of Prayer invites prayers of all kinds from all kinds of people with all kinds of faith traditions. Also welcome are prayers coming from no religious tradition, prayers of silence or prayers of song. Simple requests for help or expression of thanks are gathered together with others to strengthen the voices of all those praying.
NAMI has a program called FaithNet. This online resource encourages and equips faith communities to be welcoming and supportive of people living with mental illness. FaithNet recognizes the vital role spirituality can play in one’s recovery.
*This is a series of Questions by NAMI CCNS FaithNet to raise awareness for the National Day of Prayer Campaign, beginning August 30th going through Oct. 5, 2016
Please feel free to check out these two topical NAMI National resources:
- Inspirational and Healing Prayers – Prayers can be shared in many ways both formally and informally. Many faith traditions find that by praying together and sharing inspirations can help promote understanding and encouragement.
- National Day of Prayer for Mental Illness Recovery and Understanding – The National Day of Prayer for Mental Illness Recovery and Understanding has been designated as the Tuesday of Mental Illness Awareness Week which is first week in October of each year. This year, the National Day of Prayer takes place Oct. 4, 2016. Mental illness networks and faith leaders are urged to work together so that they may recognize and prepare for this day in a way that works best for each faith community. The prayers and actions of both faith communities and secular organizations (e.g. NAMI, NMHA, DBSA, OCF, ADAA, etc.) are needed to restore mental wellness in America. In seeking God’s guidance, we can recommit ourselves to replacing misinformation, blame, fear and prejudice with truth and love in order to offer hope to all who are touched by mental illness.