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2014 RMEC Gathering: Addiction and the Role of the Church in Recovery

  • 06/26/2014
  • 10:00 AM (EDT)
  • 06/28/2014
  • 12:00 PM (EDT)
  • Trinity Episcopal Church, 370 Delaware Ave, Buffalo, NY


  • Includes Seminars and Lunch but not Dinner.
  • Includes all events, and meals.
  • Scholarship assistance is available as funds permit. By selecting this registration type, a member of the host committee will contact you to help determine your need.

Registration is closed

RMEC's 2014 Gathering will be hosted by the Diocese of Western New York at Trinity Episcopal Church in Buffalo New York. We selected this site based on the unique programs that the diocese has developed in supporting the recovery community of Buffalo. The conference experience will include practical, reproducible educational offerings, participation in an innovative Twelve Step service sponsored by the Diocese and fellowship with other recovering Episcopalians. Conference attendees will also include be introduced to the Hope Center, a new diocesan sponsored center that serves as a safe place for recovery in the Buffalo community.

The major theme of this conference will focus on the role the church can and should perform as part of the healing journey from addiction to recovery. We will also present a systems perspective of the dynamics of addiction in our church communities with focus on the role the family plays in the spiritual foundations of recovery.  The conference will conclude on Saturday morning with our participation in a training workshop for clergy of the diocese of Western NY, a model for you to take back to your own city, parish or diocese.    

Wednesday, June 25, 2014 to Saturday, June 28, 2014
Buffalo, New York

Please Note: All Locations at Trinity Episcopal Unless Otherwise Indicated in Italics. Breakfast is on your own

Thursday, June 26

9:00 a.m. Morning Prayer Chapel - Angie Robidoux

9:30 a.m. “Role of Diocese in Recovery Ministries”
Bishop Bill Franklin  

10:15 a.m. Discernment and choice making through the lens of 12 step spirituality -The Rev.Barbara Price

11:15 a.m. Lunch

12:00 p.m. Annual Meeting

12:45 p.m. Town Square

2:00 p.m. Break

3:30 p.m. Keynote:
Spiritual Aspects of Recovery
By the Reverend Dr. John MacDougall Sanctuary
5:00 p.m. Break

5:30 p.m. Dinner Marfield Room

7:00 p.m. Twelve Step Worship Sanctuary

9:00 p.m. Open 12 Step Meeting Comfort Suites

Friday, June 27

8:30 a.m. Morning Prayer Chapel Bill – oxford group

9:00 a.m. Training the Trainers for Addictions, The Church’s Role in Recovery
The Reverend Dr. Stuart Hoke 

10:15 a.m. Break

10:30 a.m. Training, Continued

11:30 a.m. Codependency Bob & Barbara Hughes institutional codependency and the role of Al-anon

12:15 p.m. Lunch Marfield Room

1:00 p.m. Panel – John, Stuart, Bob Hughes, Barbara

2:00 p.m. Window Tour

2:30 p.m. Break

3:15 p.m. Leave for Tour of Niagara Falls From Hotel

6:00 p.m. Dinner Hope Center

8:30 p.m. Evening Prayer Jan Brown

9:00 p.m. Return to Buffalo

9:30 p.m. Open 12 Step Meeting Comfort Suites

Saturday, June 28

10:00 a.m. Training for the Diocese of Western New York 

11:00 a.m. Break

11:10 a.m. Training, continued

12:10 p.m. Lunch

12:55 p.m. Training, continued

2:00 p.m. Break

2:10 p.m. Closing Worship
Go in Peace!

If you have any questions, please email: info@episcopalrecovery.org or calll Reverend Deacon Stephen Lane at (716) 860-0406.

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