Center for the Study of
CHURCH AFFECTIVE DISORDER
The Center for the Study of Church Affective Disorder was
founded on March 31, 2007, (the eve of Palm Sunday according to the Western Liturgical
Calendar) with seed funding from the Erehwon Foundation and the Institute for
Ecclesial Melancholia of the SARSSK (Society of Angst-Ridden Siblings of Soren
Kierkegaard). The vision for the Center came upon us as we realized that we had
a strong yearning to sleep in on Palm Sunday, read the Sunday paper, and go out
to brunch with some agreeable folk (including some friends in our congregation
who we suspect are also afflicted with CAD).
We found our desire to avoid worship (to say nothing of a major observance)
strange, because at the core of our faith is the belief that we are meant to
gather for the weekly remembrance of Our Lord's Resurrection to be nourished by
Word and Sacrament in order to live the Gospel for the rest of the week. Lately
we have found ourselves alienated from the Church as organization while
yearning for the Church as Corpus Christi. We asked a friend with the
Center for Disease Control to look into this. He laughed. Although we took that
as joyful agreement to our request, we made immediate grant applications to EF
and IEM/SARSSK just in case.
Does our dyspeptic attitude sound familiar? If so, you may suffer from CAD. If this sense of discomfort is limited primarily to your ecclesial involvement, continue to the links below.
Rant That Led to Our Self-Diagnosis
Some of the Symptoms of CAD
History and Dialogue as Therapeutic Agents for the Relief of CAD
Other Conditions Misdiagnosed as CAS
Free Life-Time Membership in the Society of the Angst-Ridden Siblings of Soren Kierkegaard
(SK is the Patron Saint of the Center)
WARNING: If you experience a sense of alienation in all (or even most) of your relationships and associations, seek the advice of a mental health professional as soon as possible. This self help program is limited specifically and exclusively to symptoms of Church Affective Disorder.