From the radio program Speaking of Faith comes a story of one family's experience with schizophrenia. Joel Hanson has schizophrenia and believes he is God. His parents reflect on living with their son and how they have learned to see mental illness, normalcy, and religion differently.

From Joel:

I know, and it has been said, that ignorance is the opposite of love; there is no love in ignorance. I believe that! If one ignores something they cannot understand it ever, for they are pushing, sometimes, good things that are necessary to better their lives away from them. I ask the readers of this book to pay attention and care about what I care deeply about. I would not write this if I did not know it was worth the care of everyone.

In everything we do we share our gifts," said Dolores Wilson, a former nun who helped launch the District chapter 20 years ago and who served as a facilitator at last month's dinner at the house in Northeast. "We are sick of labels. We are friends. We are a community.