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Thursday, June 26, 2014

When I first attended Al-Anon, my mother was initially my reason. But the four women who were at the meeting were just griping about their husbands’ drinking and I thought, “This is not for me.” I didn’t go again for a long time.

When I moved to a suburb of Denver and had concerns about my husband’s drinking...

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

I began my recovery journey in 1985 for food and codependence. Honestly, I was looking for a way to blame everyone else. I found out I was an alcoholic, and by God’s Grace, since 1989 I have not had a drink. Since 2001, I have lost and maintained the loss of 120 pounds through Compulsive Eaters Anonymous- HOW. The HOW stands for “...

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Faith leaders and communities need to convey four basic attitudes toward the alcoholic. 

•  Acceptance: Acceptance is the doctrine of grace practiced in interpersonal relationships. It is what Carl Rogers, an influential psychotherapist, called “unconditional positive regard.” The alcoholic must be accepted for...

Friday, June 13, 2014

I remember the best year of my life. It was 20 years ago when I became a stay-at-home dad for a year for my two-year-old daughter, Amy. It was definitely a challenge. At that time, there were very few stay-at-home dads. Stay-at-home parents definitely have it hard. 

Friday, June 13, 2014
What is child theology about? It is a contemporary theology and a movement that seriously takes children as subjects of theology and mission. Children are not passive receivers of mission or church’s ministry. Child theology places the child, like Jesus did, in the center of theological conversation.
 
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Tuesday, June 10, 2014

“Make wise choices,” I tell my teens as they head out to summer parties. They know what I mean: I’m really telling them to stay sober. After all, how can they make wise choices when they are drunk?

Beyond offering my kids sage advice, I want to engage them in longer conversations about drinking and informed consent. But...

Friday, June 6, 2014

“Get high on life!”  I tell my kids. I’m not sure that my kids hear me as they go to Friday night parties that may or may not include underage drinking.

While my children feel excitement about upcoming graduation parties and proms, I feel worried about them and their friends. I begin to wonder what’s...

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Introduction: We hear the recording of a human heartbeat getting quieter and quieter until it stops.

A moment ago, we heard heartbeats getting weaker and weaker until they died out. The death of our body is a part of life. But death in connection with addiction does not mean dying after living a happy, fulfilled life here on...

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Hello, my name is Monika, I’m 62 years old. I’m an alcoholic, was medication-dependent, and have been dry and clean now for 19 years. I became a member of the United Methodist Church of the Resurrection in Berlin-Charlottenburg on Easter Sunday 1996.

Now that sounds so easy but it actually was a long, stony path that I was...

Friday, May 23, 2014

Earlier this month a group from the Wisconsin annual conference, including People’s United Methodist Church in Oregon, Wisconsin, visited New York City. The 14 individuals caught a Broadway show and cheered at the morning taping of the Today show.

They also learned about the mission of the global United Methodist Church by visiting...

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Memorial Day is upon us. At this time of year, the SPSARV office is concerned with helping veterans and their families feel connected to a shared sense of community. One way SPSARV has shown love for families is to help them care for horses, a unique therapy to overcome trauma.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

I watched the ceremony of the Medal of Honor on the news last night and cried for the six young U.S. soldiers who died in the mountains of Afghanistan. I felt awe for the young man, Kyle White, who received the medal for his acts of courage, staying beside his fellow soldiers, helping to ease their suffering and hoping to save their lives....

Tuesday, May 13, 2014
“We get it.” We’re bubbling over with our own ideas and experiences, and we’re only half-listening to you. We wait for you, our friend, to finish speaking, even to pause, so that we can jump right in with our interesting observations and our own stories.
 
At times, our default is to do...
Thursday, May 8, 2014

As we celebrate Mother’s Day this weekend, here at SPSARV, we want to take a moment to honor our working mothers. Ms. Rhina Herrera, SPSARV’s Program Associate, has a gift for hard work and efficiency. Still, she always makes time for a kind word and a smile. She knows the organization of the General Board of Global Ministries...

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

As Mother’s Day approaches at SPSARV, we celebrate our working mothers. Ms. Christine Biaggi, SPSARV’s administrative secretary, organizes projects, partners’ projects, grants, travel arrangements, travel expenses, and much more. She’s known for her optimism and zest. She’s passionate about her work with SPSARV and...

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