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Friday, April 11, 2014

The two men came to the JustaPaz restorative justice training from the same town in a province outside of Maputo, Mozambique. One man, from the Frelimo, the ruling party, came on a motorcycle; the other, from the opposing party, the Renamo, walked. After a few days attending the restorative justice training together, the gentleman on the...

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

If you belonged to the congregation I went to as a little kid, you would have known me – even if you weren’t the kid-type; even if you were a stick-to-yourself kind of person; even if you didn’t know my name – you would have interacted with me. 

That’s because I would have...

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Walking in the Spirit: Step by Step by Rev. Jamey Lee is a comprehensive and useful resource to start a recovery workshop or ministry in your church. This free, downloadable booklet is also perfect as a prompt for prayer or journaling.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014
It was one of those talk radio shows where people bare their souls. The topic of discussion was healthy living. The woman caller described years of “unhealthy relationships,” “dis-ease” of spirit and body, and endless cycles of “self medication” with alcohol and various legal and illegal drugs. “I...
Saturday, March 29, 2014

I have twin teenage girls. Every day, it seems, there are small snubs that deeply, deeply hurt. One day, one of my daughters is not invited to a party. The next day, my other daughter reports that her friend had avoided her in the cafeteria at lunchtime.

These small...

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

The other day, I met with members of a small, struggling United Methodist church to hear more about their efforts to expand their recovery ministry. The pastor, who I’ll call Sam, was...

Thursday, March 20, 2014
Tuesday, March 18, 2014

My experience at the Recovery Church as a CPE* intern has been an amazing spiritual journey. To be honest, I thought that I had very little in common with those in recovery because I was not an alcoholic. The truth was, I was in recovery and did not know it. I began starting attending meetings, AA (Alcoholic Anonymous) and ACA (Adult Children...

Thursday, March 13, 2014
Monday, March 10, 2014

If you’ve become a pastor in the United Methodist Church in the last 60 years, chances are you’ve had to go through CPE – clinical pastoral education; and chances are you’ve fulfilled your requirement in a hospital. But there’s a new and exciting kind of placement – in alcoholism and drug addiction rehab...

Thursday, March 6, 2014
women's writing workshop

There are many ways and reasons to lead a writing workshop about addiction in your church. During the six weeks of Lent, consider hosting a writing workshop about spiritual awakenings for people who are facing or have grown up with alcoholism or addiction in the family.

First of all and most importantly, create a confidential and safe...

Friday, February 28, 2014
hope Lent

Tough times. We all have them. This devotional acknowledges the struggle. When overcoming the pain associated with the diseases of addiction, this Lenten devotional reminds us that we are not alone. We are part of a community of faith and hope. And we have good reason to pray and dream of better days.

The 30-page devotional is organized...

Tuesday, February 25, 2014
At a West Virginia training, SPSARV's Juliana Mecera talks about alcoholism.

A few years ago, at a high school dance at Myers Park United Methodist Church in Charlotte, North Carolina, ambulances took away six teenage drinkers to the hospital’s emergency room for alcohol poisoning.

The next day, Sunday, after the dance floor was swept and the sirens faded, Rev. Howell delivered a sermon on the “...

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

In a correctional orphanage and school in the remote village of Zemlyansk in Russia, “Revival” United Methodist Church has supported a ministry since 2001....

Friday, February 14, 2014
children in the playground
I am overly sensitive. I take things too personally. People have told me this.

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