Web of Grace
Recovery Ministries of the Episcopal Church is pleased to have recently held an incredibly successful national Gathering in Buffalo hosted by the Diocese of Western New York. Our members were greeted with warm hearts and open minds as we gathered to learn about how our church can and is responding to those, who through addiction, have lost their health and freedom.
Bishop Bill Franklin, in his address to the convention, helped give a name to what we hope will be our focus for the next year, creating an Episcopal “web of grace” made up of individuals from across the country equipped to support and sustain those seeking recovery.
The Diocese of Western New York is infused with innovative thinking, from the newly christened Hope Center, providing a safe place for recovery, to the innovative Thursday Nights at Trinity recovery service, we as an organization left Buffalo filled with new ideas and new hope. We would like thank the people of the diocese for welcoming us and helping us grow, most especially Bishop Franklin, the Rev. Steve Lane and the Rev. Daphne Messersmith.
Thought to ponder: Where can I fit into recovery ministries web of grace over the coming year?
Our Newest Initiative
Addiction: The Church’s Role in Recovery
Recovery Ministries is pleased to share one of our current initiatives today in video format. In our work to provide recovery education and training opportunities and to support churches in helping carry the message of hope, please take a moment to view Part I of a workshop presented recently in Memphis Tennessee, sponsored by Recovery Ministries of the Episcopal Church and The Recovery Commission of the Diocese of West Tennessee.
The workshop featured the Rev. Dr. Stuart Hoke, adjunct professor at General Theological 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, working to teach others how to conduct similar presentations to dioceses and parishes across the country.
To learn more about how to bring this program to your diocese, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
As first presented at the 2012 Gathering in Miami
NOW AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE AT Page 124 Productions, watch the trailer here:
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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:
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