Entries by Morgan Coyner

Peacemakers & Justice Seekers: Responding to Recent Events

– Written by Rev. Tambi Swiney, Spiritual Wellness Coordinator
On Sunday, Christian churches around the world marked the holy day of Pentecost as they worshipped. Pentecost is commonly referred to as the birthday of the Church – the day when the Spirit of God was dramatically manifested through wind and fire and speech.…

Monday Meditation: Disappointment

– Written by Rev. Tambi Swiney, Spiritual Wellness Coordinator
Disappointed.
This word has been popping up repeatedly over the past few months as a result of the physical distancing necessary to minimize the impact of the pandemic.

High school and college students are disappointed that they were not able to celebrate their academic achievements at traditional in-person commencement ceremonies.

How to Turn Unhealthy Coping Skills into Healthy Coping Skills

– Written by Morgan Coyner, Grant and Communications Coordinator
It’s safe to say that the whole world is on edge right now. We watch as numbers of positive coronavirus cases increase and as the number of deaths continues to climb. Some of us are stuck at home, knowing it’s the right place to be, but feeling the claustrophobia and cabin fever growing.…

Monday Meditation: Memorial Day

– Written by Rev. Tambi Swiney, Spiritual Wellness Coordinator
Memorial Day is a time of remembrance to honor and mourn the military personnel who have died while serving in the United States Armed Forces. The desire to remember and honor is God-given; the impulse to mark sacred and solemn occasions with rituals and monuments is deeply ingrained in our souls. …

A Crisis Response to Compassion Fatigue

– Written by Morgan Coyner and Eleanor Wells, RN, BSN, ACC, CCFP
In February, The Next Door hosted a workshop with Eleanor Wells of Cohort4Care on Compassion Fatigue. It’s a topic that is talked about a lot in behavioral health and other direct care professions.…

Mother’s Day

– Written by Morgan Coyner, Grant and Communications Coordinator
Months ago, I sat in The Next Door’s Chapel, holding a woman’s hands in mine as we bowed our heads before the Lord.
“How can I pray for you?” I had asked her moments before.…

Feeding the 5000: In Jesus’ Hands

– Written by Rev. Tambi Swiney, Spiritual Wellness Coordinator
Where We Are
As we enter the seventh week of practicing physical distancing so that we can curtail the spread of COVID-19 in our community, we should not be surprised by the weariness so many of us feel.…

The Connection Between Social Media and Mental Health

– Written by Brandie Moore and Kelsey Strand, VUSN Students
Building a Healthy Relationship with Social Media
Social media keeps us updated on events and highlights the human stories behind popular news headlines. However, taking a break from social media can be a way to protect our mental health, especially during times of high stress and anxiety.…

Self-Care During a Time of Uncertainty

– Written by Negest Atemu, Shelby Purdy, and Allie Flinn, students at the Vanderbilt University School of Nursing
COVID19 has changed life as we know it over the past month. As we strive to find a “new normal,” self-care is vitally important.…