Gables UCC is a WISE (Welcoming, Inclusive, Supportive, and Engaged for Mental Health) Congregation. We are here to provide support, information, and insight into mental health issues and brain disorders, not only for those who live with them but for family and friends who love and care for them. Check out some of our programs below.


There are many different types of depression. Whatever the cause, your first step is to recognize how you’re feel­ing. This fall, the WISE Team is offering a monthly series on the various types, causes, and treatments for depression. All are welcome whether you wish to learn more, wonder about your own feelings, or care for someone who lives with it.

Session I: Next Sunday, September 23 from 12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. – Everybody Gets the Blues…but when the “blues” becomes depression, it’s time to ask for help. Come learn the difference between feeling sad, which most people deal with at times, and clinical depression, which seriously interferes with day-to-day life. Led by Amy Weisman de Mamani, Ph.D.; Associate Professor/Fellow, Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies. Department of Psychology at the University of Miami.

Sunday, October 21: 12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. – A Book study on Braving the Wilderness: The Quest for True Belonging and the Courage to Stand Alone by Brené Brown. This timely and important new book challeng­es everything we think we know about cultivating true belonging in a time of unrelenting divisiveness. Brown is a New York Times bestselling author of Rising Strong, Daring Greatly, and The Gifts of Imperfection. Books are available at your local bookstore, library or in the church library. Led by Lisa LeSueur

Sunday, November 2512:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. – Surviving the Holidays Without You: Navigating Grief dur­ing the Holiday’s. Come learn some survival strategies for getting through the holiday seasons without a beloved family member or friend.


This Saturday, September 22 at 10:00 a.m. in the Library

For all individuals who tend to or support family and friends who live with mental illnesses and/or brain disorders such as depression, dementia, bipolar, addiction, etc. Come discover some support and care as well as some information for the caretaking you provide.



Have you been struggling with depression, anxiety, relationship difficulties, or other psychological stresses? If so, you may be eligible to participate in a free culturally informed, religiously-based group therapy as part of a research study aimed at improving treatment for these conditions. Pastor Laurie is helping to provide leadership with this study along with Dr. Amy Weisman de Mamani.  During the treatment, clinicians will provide education on mental health, as well as techniques to assist in coping with psychological stress.

All sessions take place at Gables UCC on Thursday evenings, beginning October 4 from 6:45 p.m. – 7:45 p.m. and are free.  “If you are interested, please call 305.284.5455 to set up your baseline interview.