Throughout the ages, there have been many misconceptions about mental illness –a lack of understanding and knowledge about serious illness, even among Christians. Today our guest, a Christian and a psychiatrist, will share accounts from the Old and New Testament, showing that: Serious mental illness - severe depression, bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia - was likely present and relatively common in biblical times, displaying symptoms and issues similar to what we’re familiar with in the present day. He will also share why some instances of demon-possession and exorcisms as described in the Bible could be better explained as untreated mental illness. Join us for a fascinating conversation.
The question of transgenderism is permeating the culture like never before. At its core, it is not the question of transgenderism but of identity. Who am I? How do I see myself? More importantly, how does God see me? Join us for a powerful conversation with a woman who lived as a man for years until she found her true identity – and it wasn’t found in her gender.
Dr. Ragy R. Girgis is both a psychiatrist and a Christian, and has found that misperceptions often prevent Christians from seeking professional treatment for serious mental illness. In fact, the same person who would take medication for high blood pressure or diabetes might, due to a lack of knowledge (or even prejudice), refuse to take a psychiatric medication. Dr. Girgis seeks to educate both lay people and clergy on serious mental illness, starting with a fresh look at the Bible.
After living for eleven years as a man, Kathy Grace Duncan, yielded her heart and said yes to the invitation to become the woman God created her to be. Through her obedience and courage, and with the support and love she's received, Kathy Grace is now living in the fullness of restoration as a daughter of God. She has served at Portland Fellowship for over twenty years working with women in the programs. She is one of the teachers for the Taking Back Ground Online series, leads women's small groups and facilitates discussion groups for the weekly TBG meetings. Kathy Grace has also given her testimony in various churches and taught on transgender topics. Kathy Grace Duncan has celebrated more than 25 years of freedom and redemption.Her heart is for women to know who they are in Christ and to understand how valuable they are.