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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Committed to addressing the pain that alcohol and other drugs bring my community, I attended the SPSARV training in Lubumbashi, DRC this summer. The other participants and I learned so many things that prior to the training we couldn’t have imagined could be applied to healing our communities from addiction. 

We learned about...

Thursday, July 17, 2014

As a relatively new member of my beloved Church of the Resurrection in Berlin-Charlottenburg, I am happy and honored to share some experiences.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

In the California-Nevada conference, Rosie Bachand wears a tee shirt with the words on the front, “Ask me about…” and on the back, “Recovery Ministries.” And here is some of what she will tell you when you ask about the work.

The conference aims:

1. To support and resource folks who need recovery,...

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Tuesday, August 12th

12 Noon – 1 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time

Online

Facilitated by Susan, a pastor in recovery

Are you a pastor in recovery looking for support from and fellowship with other pastors in recovery?

We invite you to...

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

My wife’s niece’s love to enter into imaginative play with my wife. They constantly ask her to “play with me.” Isn’t that the way kids are? They’re into play, action, having fun and imagining things differently. Jesus understood this.

The adult disciples with Jesus were into their adult discussion...

Thursday, July 3, 2014
In keeping with the 2014 theme, "All Things New," Annual Conference delegates were introduced on May 27 to Prevent/Recover, an addiction ministry collaboration of Oklahoma City University and the Oklahoma Conference through the Office of Mission.
 
Prevent/Recover is under the direction of Peter John...
Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Why do churches need, want or feel called to get into recovery work?

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...

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