Psalms for the Spirit
Psalms for the Spirit
Ep. 12 Breaking the Silence about Mental Illness, with Sarah Griffith Lund

Ep. 12 Breaking the Silence about Mental Illness, with Sarah Griffith Lund


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Today's guest is Sarah Griffith Lund, a minister and author who has focused her life's work on breaking the silence about mental illness. In her moving memoir entitled "Blessed are the Crazy," Sarah tells her story of growing up in a family struggling with serious mental illness, and of finding blessing in the midst of her at times harrowing journey; and in her book "Blessed Union" she broaches the subject of mental illness in the context of marriage. When Sarah heard about this podcast, she got in touch with me to suggest that we talk about the connections between the Psalms and her work with mental illness - and I'm so glad she did. With her generous and gracious spirit, Sarah talks me through the stark realities of mental illness today, made even more extreme because of the pandemic, and how the themes of the Psalms speak to that life experience shared by so many. In our conversation, we talk about walking through the valley of the shadow of mental illness, sitting at table with mental illness, and finding ways to speak into the silence about mental illness. I felt grateful for Sarah's gentle but firm reminder that we simply cannot stay silent when lives are at stake. There is some heavy content in this episode, so please do ensure that you have proper supports in place if needed, or listen to a previous episode – I’d recommend Episode 2 on building up habits of resilience in our daily lives. 

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More about Sarah:

The Rev. Dr. Sarah Griffith Lund is passionate about loving her family, God, and being part of faith communities. She is an ordained minister and has served as pastor to churches in Brooklyn, NY, Minneapolis, MN, and New Smyrna Beach, FL. Rev. Dr. Lund served as Regional Minister in the Florida Conference of the United Church of Christ and as a Vice President for Christian Theological Seminary in Indianapolis, IN. She holds degrees from Trinity University (BA), Princeton Theological Seminary (MDiv), Rutgers University (MSW), and McCormick Theological Seminary (DMin). Rev. Dr. Lund received the Dell Award for Mental Health Education at the 30th General Synod of the UCC. She currently serves as Minister for Disabilities and Mental Health Justice on the national staff of the UCC and as senior pastor of First Congregational UCC of Indianapolis, IN. Sarah is the author of Blessed are the Crazy: Breaking the Silence About Mental Illness, Family, and Church (Chalice Press, 2014) and Blessed Union: Breaking the Silence About Mental Illness and Marriage (Chalice Press, 2021). Sarah blogs at


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Come, Spirit, Come

I am Weary

The Lord's My Shepherd

O God of My Salvation (from our forthcoming album - preorder here)

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Psalms for the Spirit
Psalms for the Spirit
This podcast looks at the connections between spirituality and resilience through the lens of the Biblical Psalms. It explores how the Psalms help people through difficult times – times of personal and collective trauma – through conversations about personal story, field research, and theological reflection from a variety of backgrounds and perspectives. Listeners might include clergy, seminarians, spiritual directors, hymnwriters, church musicians, mental health practitioners, anyone interested in the intersection between spirituality and lived experience.