Ken Corr

Redeeming the Time While Sheltering in Place

We are all hoping that the COVID-19 pandemic will end soon.   There is great concern about how long the social distancing and sheltering in place orders can last without permanently endangering the economy and people’s emotional health.  We are constantly hearing different reports about the length of time before life will return to normal.  Will things be up and running by Easter? Are we talking about the first of May?  Could this last until August or longer?  The more we reflect on the time, the more anxious we feel.  I am very hopeful and prayerful that this will end sooner...more

Keeping a Schedule to Fight Anxiety

Today is my first day to office from home.  We now have 4 adults officing in the same home.  Life has certainly shifted for all of us in many ways.  We are enjoying each other, but there are some challenges to being at home all the time, all day. In a recent post, I gave 10 suggestions for maintaining mental health while quarantined at home (see www.kenacorr.com).  The first...more

10 Suggestions for Staying Mentally Well While Quarantined at Home

We are not there yet, but all indications are that we will soon be quarantined at home.  Staying home for a day or two, maybe even a week, sounds like fun.  At week of “at home vacation” can be a great way to spend your free time, but what happens if that week extends into two weeks, or a month, or longer?   Suddenly, the “at home vacation” begins to...more

Ministry and the Coronavirus Crisis

It feels unprecedented: a major public health crisis for which there is no known treatment; people being quarantined; travel restrictions; border closings; panic.  It is unprecedented in my lifetime, and it is creating challenges for ministry.  Recently, we asked our deacons to temporarily suspend hospital visits, our congregational worship service was conducted online, and our support groups are not currently meeting.  I am guessing that these will not be...more

Anxiety in the Midst of Uncertainty

The current Coronavirus pandemic reminds us how quickly life can change.  Two weeks ago, we were giving little thought to the Coronavirus and now that is about all that we think about.  The news is constantly changing: sporting events are being cancelled; travel is being curtailed; groups are no longer meeting; colleges are extending breaks and offering to complete courses online; businesses are limiting hours; churches are suspending services....more

Life Giving Life Groups

Some years ago, I attended an annual C.O.R.E. conference (Clinical Overview of the Recovery Experience) and heard a researcher talk about the effectiveness of 12 Step programs in the recovery process.  He said that there were two factors that made this type of therapy successful:  community and spirituality.  When I heard his conclusion, I immediately thought, “Church.” I have worked with 12 Step groups and I know how powerful...more

Mental Illness and the Church

If you are having surgery, or suffering with chronic illness, or undergoing chemotherapy treatment, or have had a heart attack, the church can be a resource of support and help.  People rally around these individuals with prayer, food, cards, and visits.  But if you suffer from chronic mental illness, or have a family member who is struggling with addiction, or have a child with depression, the church has often...more

Fighting Relationship Fatigue

We have just concluded our quarterly seminar for premarital counseling.  It is always fun to work with engaged couples and to see their enthusiasm for each other.  Young love is a cocktail rush of brain chemicals:  dopamine, norepinephrine, and oxytocin all get released and the result is a flood of loving feelings.  Unfortunately, some of these same couples who are so in love and enthused will be back in...more

Nicknames and Identity Brands

Our pastor recently started a sermon series on the biblical character, Barnabas.  If you know the story of Barnabas, you know that his name was Joseph. Barnabas was a nickname, meaning, “Son of Encouragement.”   What a great nickname!  Every story that we ready about Barnabas is a story of encouragement.  He clearly embraced his identity as an encourager. All of us have a nickname and when we identify with...more

Are You Tempted to Complain? Read This!

We recently had a chance to get away for a few days of vacation at the beach.  It could not have been more perfect:  the sand was soft, the sky was blue, the water was clear, the temperature was pleasant, the hotel was fun, and the food was delicious.  We felt very blessed to be able to get away and to be in a place that we love. We...more
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