Har HaShem WISE (Welcoming, Inclusive, Supportive, and Engaged)
Covenant For Mental Health
We, the Congregation of Har HaShem, Boulder, Colorado, aspire to be a more welcoming community to all, including those who experience mental health challenges. We are graced by the gifts, stories, and experiences of all our members, including those living with mental health challenges, such as, but not limited to, mental illnesses, addictions, trauma, situational crisis, and brain disorders. Moreover, we value and appreciate the neurodiversity (natural variation in the human brain regarding sociability, learning, attention, mood and other brain functions) that exists within our community. We care about the whole person: body, mind, and soul. All of us are created in the image of the Divine and carry a spark of divinity within us.
Approximately one in four people in the U.S. experience mental illness in a given year. The number of family, friends, co-workers, and neighbors touched by those facing mental health challenges is considerably higher. Yet, mental health challenges remain stigmatized.
One of the tenets of Har HaShem is: We are inspired to realize our human potential in the image of the divine (בצלם אלוהים – b’tzelem Elohim). Through our current actions and our aspiration to educate and overcome the stigma of mental illness, we become closer to realizing our human potential. We celebrate together and lift each other when we have fallen with acts of generosity and kindness.
Sometimes individuals with mental health challenges, such as brain disorders, mental illnesses, addiction, and trauma feel cut off and do not feel included. We aspire to communicate to all individuals that God loves all of us equally, even when we do not feel that love in our lives. People with mental health challenges have gifts to offer within our Har HaShem community. We want everyone to feel fully welcomed, included, supported and engaged in the life, work and leadership of our congregation. We want them to feel a sense of belonging.
We, the Congregation of Har HaShem, of Boulder, Colorado, enter this covenant to be a Welcoming, Inclusive, Supportive, and Engaged (WISE) congregation for mental health.
Call to Action:
We pledge to create a welcoming environment for people with mental health challenges and their loved ones by:
We pledge to include people with mental health challenges in the life, work, and leadership of the congregation by:
We pledge to support people in our congregation who have mental health challenges and their loved ones by:
We pledge to engage with other organizations that work at the intersection of mental health and Judaism/faith/spirituality by:
Entering into this covenant affirms that we join in the process of always becoming more welcoming, inclusive, supportive, and engaged with all of God’s people.
Created October 2020 by the Disability Awareness and Inclusion Committee
Approved by the Board in December 2020