issue. Substance abuse is a stigmatized illness in our society. Those impacted by this disease it often feel ashamed, lost and alone and condemned. The Church must bring its message of acceptance and reconciliation to those individuals and families impacted by this disease. Particular attention needs to be paid to the toll
this disease is taking on the youth of the Eastern Shore. God is there with those struggling with this disease - in their suffering and in their victories of recovery. This
is a place where the Church belongs. Compassionate leadership and witness to our faith through our involving ourselves in dealing with this illness will open the doors of the church to some of those most in need of healing and reconciliation in our communities. To do so proactively, without fear or judgment, is a powerful statement
about the Christian faith's commitment to reconciliation and spreading God’s message of healing and love. National leaders in this field including The Rev. Dr. John MacDougall, former Director of Spiritual Guidance at Hazelden, will be guest speakers. For additional information please contact Fr. Kevin M. Cross at 410-226-5134or email: firstname.lastname@example.org Fr. Cross is past president and board member of Recovery Ministries of the Episcopal Church.