Galileo Church

Quirky church for spiritual refugees. Who would Jesus love?

Weekly worship, Sundays at 5 p.m.
at the Big Red Barn
5860 Interstate 20 service road
Fort Worth 76119
(use the zip code in your GPS for accuracy)

Mail comes here: 6563 Teague Road, Fort Worth, TX 76140

Contact us: 817-773-3147 | info@galileochurch.org

Our missional priorities:
1. We do justice for LGBTQ+ humans.
2. We do kindness for people with mental illness and in emotional distress, and celebrate neurodiversity.
3. We do beauty for our God-Who-Is-Beautiful.
4. We do real relationship, no bullshit, ever.

 

 

Welcome To My Brain

 W2MB artwork by Deanne Carter.

W2MB artwork by Deanne Carter.

“Welcome To My Brain” is a peer-to-peer conversation group for adults around mental health and unhealth. Persons who come can expect friendly support and truth-telling about mental illness, emotional distress, and neurodiversity.

We believe every person should have every chance to grow into the whole, healthy person they are intended to be, with support for the quirky individualism of each person’s brain chemistry, life experience, and coping style. We do not recruit for our church from the group.

W2MB meets twice a month, on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday evenings of the month, in a private room in the Big Red Barn. Check our calendar to see the next date, or email us for more information.

Each meeting starts with a topic, like “mental health and meds” or “faith and psychology.” But the conversation goes wherever the group needs it to go.

Two trained leaders facilitate conversation and maintain the group covenant. They’re not counselors; they’re active guides so the group members can help each other. Hannah Olsen and Eleanor Garrett are the best facilitators we could have hoped for.

Welcome To My Brain does not offer counseling or one-on-one help. We recommend resources for needs that come up in the group: for counseling, for crisis help, and more. 

Email us for more information.

 Eleanor G.

Eleanor G.

ELEANOR keeps moving west through the DFW metroplex. She hopes she’s found a good landing place, as she’s found that geographic cures don’t really work. Plus, she’s found Galileo Church, which represents everything she stands for — namely, doing right by the world. She has a BA in vocal studies but discovered her true calling as a mental health advocate following brain surgery for epilepsy and a subsequent year-long “vacation” in rehab for anorexia nervosa. (To say that she has fought a lifelong battle against her gray matter might be an understatement.) She earned her master’s degree in special education with an emphasis on emotional and behavioral disorders and currently works as a school diagnostician. She finds that creativity has been a lifesaver: knitting, spinning, drawing, composing, writing, singing, playing the keys, or baking are all part of her ongoing recovery. Eleanor says, “Peer-to-peer support groups have been vital to maintaining my recovery and sanity. Until I realized there were other people living this same fight, I thought that there was no point in fighting, because I didn’t think serenity was possible. Just knowing that someone has experienced something similar can make all the difference in the world.” 

 Hannah O.

Hannah O.

HANNAH stumbled upon G-Study (a Galileo Church small group) in a coffee shop one day, and her world has never been the same. Having grown up near-fundamentalist and then traveling through a dramatic change in beliefs, Galileo is the church she didn’t dare to dream existed. Hannah is a librarian in a public library by day; a bookworm by night; a spouse and mom; former homeschooled kid; and a big sister to many (literally, she has a huge family-of-origin). She has been fascinated by what makes people tick for many years, but that didn’t keep her from totally missing the depression she had on and off starting in high school. Postpartum depression got her to see a therapist; life and her spouse eventually got her to see a psychiatrist. Having discovered the wonders of head meds through the personal experiences of being on them and being around family who are now on them, Hannah is all in favor of things that help people get better; in breaking the stigma that surrounds mental illness; and the sincere sharing of stories and encounters that let people know they aren’t alone. 

 

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