Recovery and the Holidays
Resource: Surviving the Holidays
Addiction: the Church’s Role in Recovery
A free ½ Day Seminar was held in in Memphis, TN on August 3, 2013
sponsored by the Recovery Commission of the Episcopal Diocese of West Tennessee, working with Grace St. Luke's and Recovery Ministries of the Episcopal Church, The seminar featured the Rev. Stuart Hoke, adjunct professor at General Seminary in New York City, who pioneered a tremendously successful course of study on the Church's role in the treatment of alcoholism and addictive illness. Over the past 6 years Stuart has shared his expertise and energy with more than 350 students at the seminary and beginning this year, will be adapting that course for an audience in dioceses and parishes across the country. The Diocese of West Tennessee was chosen as a pilot site, to develop the training and help form what will be a model for use around the church.
We just held a joyful and successful Annual Gathering in San Antonio, Texas.
Thank you to the Diocese of West Texas and their Recovery Ministry team for offering such warm hospitality. Thank you, too, to the attendees from 17 states and the delegation from the Diocese of Northern Mexico for the good work you are doing "Carrying the Blessing".
Recordings of the presentations NOW AVAILABLE online, order using PayPal or your credit card below. See complete description of presentations here:
Gathering 2013 Presentations
CD - PRESIDENT’S WELCOME and KEYNOTE- Rt. Rev. Steven Miller - $12.00
CD - EQUIPPING THE SAINTS-Rt. Rev. Bob Hibbs, Rev. Ned Bowersox - $12.00
CD - CARRYING THE BLESSING TO YOUTH – Abigail Garza Moore, Trish Frye - $12.00
CD - LA FE, LA FAMILIA y ADICCIONES - Rev. Lisa Fortuna - $12.00
CD - THE TRIANGLE: AA, RELIGION AND THE STATE – (Panel) - $12.00
CD - Set of All 5 Presentations from the 2013 Gathering - $48.00
To order by mail please print and complete the form here and mail with check to
RMEC PO Box 40764 Memphis, TN 38174
Gathering 2013 Presentation Order From
Article on Addiction and the Church from Christianity and Pop Culture
Recovery 2.0 Free Online Workshop September 28 - October 2
Hazelden Articles on Spirituality and Recovery:
- Hello Is Anyone There
- Thanks Now Get Out of My Head
- Waking Up Spiritually
- Struggling with the "Spiritual" Part
- The Universal Language
Augsburg College Step Up Program
Research on Free Addiction Treatment Resources
WHO Report on Alcohol Abuse Worldwide
Dr. Bob and Bill W. Speak
Change and the Serenity Prayer
Holiday Stress & Addiction Resources
Spiritual Change Predicts Less Drinking Article
Recovery Ministries is an independent, nationwide network of Episcopal laity and clergy, dioceses and parishes, schools, agencies, and other institutions - all with a common commitment to address the effects of addiction, in all its forms, in relation to the church's mission.
Recovery Ministries network serves as a voice of conscience to Episcopalians throughout the world, building awareness of pastoral and spiritual ministry to those addicted. The original concept for Recovery Ministries’ mission dates from the landmark 1979 General Convention resolution on alcohol.
Recovery Ministries of the Episcopal Church is an organization with a mission to those who, through addiction, have lost their health and freedom. Our ministry seeks to:
- Help the addicted and those who love them connect with spiritual resources and find lasting recovery.
- Witness to Christ’s unfailing mercy by welcoming unchurched members of Alcoholics Anonymous and other 12-Step programs into an Episcopal faith community.
- Raise the awareness of bishops, and other clergy and leaders, about the disease of addiction and the redemption and grace found in recovery.
- Strengthen recovering Episcopalians in the work of their recovery and help proclaim the Gospel in the world and carry their recovery into the Church.
Through the Red Door Blog - Stories from Recovering Episcopalians
O blessed Lord, you ministered to all who came to you: Look with compassion upon all who through addiction have lost their health and freedom. Restore to them the assurance of your unfailing mercy; remove from them the fears that beset them; strengthen them in the work of their recovery; and to those who care for them give patient understanding and preserving love. Amen.
Prayer 56 Episcopal Book of Common Prayer