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The Gathering: Addiction and Faith Conference

EDUCATING CLERGY,CONGREGATIONS & CAREGIVERS ABOUT ADDICTION

The Board of Directors of the Recovery Ministries of the Episcopal Church invites you to join us in Bloomington, MN for The Gathering, 2019. In partnership with the Fellowship of Recovering Lutheran Clergy, RMEC is co-hosting the Addiction and Faith Conference. We are excited to bring an amazing lineup of speakers including Rev. Dr. Brian McLaren, Dr. George E. Vaillant, Karen Casey, PhD. And Samuel Simmons. Sept 20-22, 2019. Schedule to follow.

Register now for early bird pricing.

The Gathering is open to anyone interested in exploring the devastation of addiction and the remarkable healing process of faith. Addiction in every form, including opioid addiction, is ravaging our world. How will we as people of faith respond?

KEYNOTE & PLENARY SPEAKERS
Rev. Dr. Brian McLaren, Keynote Speaker
Dr. George E. Vaillant, Keynote Speaker
Karen Casey, Ph.D, Plenary Speaker
Samuel Simmons, Plenary Speaker
THE REV. BISHOP PENROSE HOOVER, Special Guest Speaker

COMPLETE WEEKEND PACKAGE INCLUDES
Keynote Sessions, Plenary Sessions, Breakout Sessions, Friday & Saturday Dinners, Saturday & Sunday Continental Breakfast, Saturday Lunch, 12-Step Meetings, Yoga Sessions, Conscious Contact Spiritual Drumming, Worship Gatherings, and opportunities to connect.

EARLY BIRD SPECIAL: $300/per person! (Early Bird Special ends June 30, 2019)
$350 per person beginning July 10.

Group Discounts and Scholarships available.
For more information, visit  www.addictionandfaithconference.com

HOTEL
Doubletree by Hilton
Bloomington, Minnesota
(Only 15 minutes from Minneapolis/St. Paul Airport - FREE SHUTTLE. Also free shuttle to Mall of America)

For complete schedule, pricing and registration visit: www.addictionandfaithconference.com

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Welcome

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 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. The resolutions from the 2015 General Convention, and Resolutions D057, D058, D0 59 from the 2018 General Convention underscore the need to strengthen our resolve.

Recovery Ministries of the Episcopal Church's mission is to serve all those affected by  addiction who 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 recovery programs into an Episcopal faith community.
  • Raise the awareness of clergy and other 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.

Hope for Today

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

 

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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.


Addiction - The Church's Role in Recovery Part 1 from Shannon Tucker on Vimeo.



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 info@episcopalrecovery.org

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