Friday, February 24, 2012
The Oprah WInfrey Network (OWN) will feature the powerful documentary, Lost in Woonsocket, about the real-life story of two homeless alcoholics living in the woods of Woonsocket, Rhode Island. With the help of the filmmakers, these men attempt to get their lives back on track. SPSARV is one of the film's outreach partners and often screens...
Wednesday, February 22, 2012
This Lent, SPSARV is offering a devotional, "Hope: Reflections on Addiction", for the friends, families, and beloved children of God who are challenged by the disease of alcoholism and addiction.
Monday, February 20, 2012
Desde su comienzo en 1992, el Programa Especial sobre Abuso de Sustancias y Violencia Relacionada (SPSARV) se ha esforzado en proveer información sobre abuso de sustancias y violencia. La misión del programa SPSARV es Esperanza, Salud y Sanidad Total. Capacitamos a clérigos/as y a laicos/as con datos y recursos...
Monday, February 20, 2012
Are there parishioners battling with the disease of addiction in your annual conference? Are children dealing with addiction in their families? Teen substance abuse problems? Are there communities in your annual conference impacted by substance abuse and its related violence?
Friday, January 27, 2012
In celebration of its 20th anniversary, SPSARV is inviting clergy and laypersons to contribute to new resources based on Alcohol Anonymous’ 12-Steps to inspire congregations to break the silence about substance abuse.
SPSARV plans to publish a sermon series and a bible study to help congregations to study and speak out about...
Tuesday, January 24, 2012
Alcoholism and other drug addictions continue to take an enormous toll on families and whole communities. The Eastern Pennsylvania conference will cosponsor a two-day workshop to train clergy and lay leaders to support individuals and their families battling alcohol and other drug addictions and related violence in their congregations and...
Tuesday, January 17, 2012
A 24-year-old mother who battled for years with a drug addiction that eventually led to a downward spiral shared her personal testimony at the California-Pacific conference workshop on her previously troubled life, how she found God, and how the church can reach addicts.
Wednesday, January 11, 2012
The United Methodist Special Program on Substance Abuse and Related Violence (SPSARV) released a new podcast for the "Speak About It!" series on Grace Place Recovery Ministries, a ministry of a downtown church located in the heart of a southern California beach community that transformed itself to become a place of healing and...
Friday, December 30, 2011
Listen to a Minnesota Public Radio interview with Rev. Jo Campe, founder of The Recovery Church in St. Paul, Minn., on his work to help people recover from alcoholism and other addictions. Rev. Campe is a featured workshop leader for several SPSARV trainings and workshops.
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Thursday, December 29, 2011
SPSARV is offering a free Bible study, "Hope: Reflections on Addiction," featuring devotions by United Methodist church leaders. The 30-page devotional also explores the stigma and shame associated with addiction. This Bible study aims to break the silence of addiction and move toward an open conversation and confession that can...
Tuesday, November 22, 2011
Read an article in the Nov/Dec issue of Proclaim magazine on the ministry of the Rev. Myra J. Maxwell. Rev. Maxwell, a SPSARV workshop leader, is pastor of Restoration Worship Center United Methodist Church in Philadelphia. She is also the Director of Victim Services for the Anti-Violence Partnership of Philadelphia, where she oversees...
Thursday, September 22, 2011
Hope, Healing and Health e-Newsletter
A quarterly e-newsletter from the United Methodist Special Program on Substance Abuse and Related Violence (SPSARV)
FALL 2011/Volume 3, Number 3
Monday, September 19, 2011
The Partnership at Drugfree.org recently launched a new campaign, You Are Not Alone, which calls on people affected by addiction - individuals, families, communities and organizations - to take action and help kids in need.