Our new patron: Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury

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Our new patron: Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury

EQUIPPING THE CHURCH TO SUPPORT MENTAL HEALTH AND WELLBEING

Interested in supporting us?

We are thrilled to have Archbishop Justin as Sanctuary’s first patron. His openness about his personal experiences with mental health challenges displays the type of leadership needed in the Church. Furthermore, his commitment to ecumenism mirrors our passion for serving the whole body of Christ.

The Archbishop of Canterbury is the senior bishop and principal leader of the Church of England, making him a prominent figure in the worldwide Anglican Church. As patron, he’ll lend his profile and support to Sanctuary as part of an ongoing relationship to raise awareness about our work, especially in the UK. 

“Mental and emotional wellbeing is key to human flourishing—and at the heart of God’s desire for each one of us. Many of us will encounter challenges in our mental health over the course of our lives, and it is vital that the Church is equipped with the tools to respond effectively and with compassion.” – The Most Revd and Rt Hon Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury

We are thrilled to have Archbishop Justin as Sanctuary’s first patron. His openness about his personal experiences with mental health challenges displays the type of leadership needed in the Church. Furthermore, his commitment to ecumenism mirrors our passion for serving the whole body of Christ.

The Archbishop of Canterbury is the senior bishop and principal leader of the Church of England, making him a prominent figure in the worldwide Anglican Church. As patron, he’ll lend his profile and support to Sanctuary as part of an ongoing relationship to raise awareness about our work, especially in the UK. 

“Mental and emotional wellbeing is key to human flourishing—and at the heart of God’s desire for each one of us. Many of us will encounter challenges in our mental health over the course of our lives, and it is vital that the Church is equipped with the tools to respond effectively and with compassion.” – The Most Revd and Rt Hon Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury

JOIN US FOR OUR VIRTUAL CHRISTMAS GALA

Sanctuary’s second annual virtual Christmas gala will be held on Thursday Dec 2, 2021 from 7:00-8:00pm PST. Streamed live on YouTube from the beautiful Fluevog Shoestore in Gastown, Vancouver, the night will be an opportunity for you to join us virtually as we celebrate the past year at Sanctuary.

This year’s theme is ‘In My Shoes.’ Throughout the night, you’ll hear interviews with Sanctuary’s friends and partners—including those with lived experience of mental health challenges—about what it’s like to walk in their shoes. With your support we hope to reach our goal of $200,000. You can give here. Additionally, if you purchase a pair of shoes from fluevog.com on December 2 from 6:00-9:00pm PST, using the code SANCTUARY, they will donate 50% of the proceeds to Sanctuary.

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The Church is called to be a sanctuary for all people, at all stages of their mental wellness journeys. This eight-week course is designed for small groups and explores mental health from psychological, social, and theological perspectives using films and discussion guides.

The Sanctuary Course is for anyone who wants to learn about faith and mental health. It requires no previous training or expertise—just a willingness to engage in dialogue with other believers. The course is an eight-week study guide for small groups. Each week participants gather together, read through the content out loud, watch a film, and engage in conversation, reflection, and prayer. The course is designed to be run by small group leaders in your church or organization.

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This eight-session course explores the realities of mental health and illness, as well as the vital need for faith-based community conversations about these topics. The sessions are accompanied by compelling films that feature the stories of Catholics living with mental health challenges, along with the insights of archbishops, theologians, and psychologists.

The Sanctuary Course for Catholics is available on our website and through partner distributors, and The Sanctuary Course para Católicos (Español) is available on FORMED.

This eight-session course explores the realities of mental health and illness, as well as the vital need for faith-based community conversations about these topics. The sessions are accompanied by compelling films that feature the stories of Catholics living with mental health challenges, along with the insights of archbishops, theologians, and psychologists.

The Sanctuary Course for Catholics is available on our website and through partner distributors, and The Sanctuary Course para Católicos (Español) is available on FORMED.

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