Michael A. King is dean at Eastern Mennonite Seminary, Harrisonburg, Va., publisher of Cascadia Publishing House, LLC, and a blogger and editor at Kingsview & Co. This article has roots in presentations at Eastern Mennonite School for Leadership Training 2013 and at the Mennonite Church USA Phoenix 2013 and Kansas City 2015 assemblies.
As best I can piece it together, depression, anxiety and other psychological wounds have shrouded my family for 100 years or more. The perception that they pointed to spiritual-life deficiencies and a weak or sick relationship with God deepened the wounds.