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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...

Friday, May 2, 2014
Learning about recovery has freed me from a terrible burden. As a chaplain/pastor, and also as an individual, I now know that it isn't my job to fix or save people experiencing addiction and alcoholism. I don't have to have all the answers. 
 
Monday, April 28, 2014

Approximately 40 women and a few men gathered at each of the 90-minute workshops, entitled Women Helping Women, offered by SPSARV (Special Program on Substance Abuse and Related Violence) on Friday, April 25 and Saturday April 26 at the United Methodist Women Assembly in Louisville, Kentucky.

Led by the personal testimony of SPSARV...

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

That does not sound very nice − a heading like that, a confession like that. It leaves me just as naked as Eve in the Garden of Eden after she had eaten from the forbidden fruit. But it is helpful and healing to speak about the problem and to share with others.

 An alcoholic numbs conflicts, feelings and needs by means of...

Thursday, April 17, 2014

As a little snow fell in New York City yesterday, I felt disheartened, thinking spring would never come. I know rebirth is inevitable. Still, like doubting Thomas, I need proof.

Easter is proof.  This time of year, I look for and find new life in my church and in my neighborhood. I commit myself...

Monday, April 14, 2014

Some twenty years ago I still had a normal life. I had a little daughter, a position of responsibility at work, was married and loved my child, my husband and my parents. Somehow I hadn’t really grown up yet and hadn’t really chosen the right partner for my life but basically I was heading towards a reasonably normal future. That...

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...

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