Gathering 2013

A national conference of Recovery Ministries of the Episcopal Church


Carrying the Blessing

April 4-5, 2013

El Tropicano Riverwalk Hotel

San Antonio, Texas

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UPDATED 3.30.013

Full Event Schedule

Gathering Schedule 2013.pdf


Optional Saturday Sightseeing
Tours for Attendees 
who plan

to stay over Friday Night. The tour will depart from the hotel at 8:30 am and will be led by Sally Buchanan, local historian and Trustee, San Antonion River Authority.

Mission San José

Make plans now to join others from across the country for two days on the beautiful San Antonio River Walk, one of America' s favorite tourist & conference destinations, for exciting, information-packed workshops where we will share and learn better ways to live and carry the blessing of recovery into the world.

Keynote Address by the Rt Rev Stephen Miller

Session topics include: Equipping the Saints-The Spiritual Base, Carrying the Message to our Youth, The "Little Book", and The Triangle - AA, Religion and the State

Entertainment includes: River taxi ride to The Original Mexican Restaurant, Performance by HYPE (Helping Youth Prevention through Entertainment), Dinner and Eucharist in the historic and just renovated St. Mark's and a private tour of the famous San Antonio missions.
Full Registration Fee - $175
Financial Assistance Available
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information about our scholarship program for 2013
Day Rate for Local Participants - $70
Includes Seminars and Lunch but not Dinner
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CEU - Continuing Education Units have been approved

through the Diocese of West Texas.

Thursday Sessions - 4 CEU Credits

Friday Sessions - 6 CEU Credits


Chemical Dependency Counselor (LCDC) CEUs Approved

6.25 Units for the Entire Conference


El Tropicano Riverwalk Hotel

Direct Link to Hotel Reservatrion Group Rate

$109.00 per night:

Gathering 2013 - El Tropicano Group Rate


OVERFLOW HOTEL(cutoff date 3/29/2013)
Crowne Plaza San Antonio Riverwalk

$132 plus tax
111 East Pecan St. San Antonio, TX



We are honored to have the Rt. Rev. Steven Andrew Miller, bishop of the Diocese of Milwaukee, start the morning off as our keynote speaker.

The Rt. Rev. Miller is noted for his ability to attract young people and families to church life with activities, events, and outreach opportunities. Bishop Miller also served as chaplain at a residential alcohol and drug treatment center, an experience that helped bring pastoral care to the center of his ministry.

Though he has led large parishes, Bishop Miller's early experience kindled a special and ongoing interest in working with congregations in rural areas. He served the Diocese of Virginia as a cluster revitalization officer and chaired the diocesan Commission of Congregational Development and Revitalization from 1995 to 2001. He is a certified trainer for the Church Development Institute, specializing in leading vestry retreats and revitalization consultations for congregations of all sizes. Music is close to his spiritual heart. He is known to spice his sermons and speeches with lyrics from popular songs, connecting their hope and longing with that of the Gospel.


EQUIPPING THE SAINTS - Rt. Rev. Bob Hibbs and the Rev Ned Bowersox

"I hope to share my thoughts on Powerlessness and Presence. The illusion of power encourages the unreal fantasies of excellence and total degradation that bedevil the alcoholic while conscious contact with our Higher Power brings us to embrace the realities of ourselves and the world around us." - Bob Hibbs

"Our lives fall apart when we forget 'who we are' and 'whose we are.' Forgetfulness drives us far from the ways of God like sheep who

wander far and wide from the direction of the shepherd. When we remember who we are and remember who God is, we begin to reconsider a number of things. Paul's prayer in Ephesians 1& 3 calls to our attention the work that is recovery is God's work in us! This new creation is expressed in our lives as sobriety and sanity. We become works of grace and hope. Guilt and shame become stepping stones into new possibilities." - Ned Bowersox


CARRYING THE BLESSING TO OUR YOUTH - Trish Frye and Abigail Garza Moore

Participants will leave this session with resources as well as evidence based practices to prevent and intervene in adolescent substance abuse. They will learn more about current drug trends that impact youth and gain an overview of the signs and symptoms of substance abuse and addiction. Barriers and challenges in obtaining help will be discussed by the group.

Trish Frye, a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor and Certified Restorative Therapist, is currently the program director for the Palmer Drug Abuse Program. Abigail Garza Moore is the Executive Director for San Antonio Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse (SACADA).


LA FE, LA FAMILIA Y ADICCIONES - The Rev. Dr. Lisa Fortuna

This presentation will provide practical information regarding the diversity of Hispanic/ Latino/a culture and the implication for addressing addictions in ministry. We will consider materials from the field of Hispanic mental health and addictions and its implications for recovery. We will explicitly consider the relevance of culture, family and faith in the Latino community for recovery ministries, education and outreach. We will review examples, pastoral and liturgical strategies and resources that can be utilized collaboratively in addressing addictions with Hispanics in a faith community context.


THE LITTLE BOOK - Christopher James Daniel, LPC

The purpose of this "LITTLE BOOK" book is to provide to the alcoholic/drug addict, and the family member, in 2 hours or less, the knowledge and understanding that are needed to successfully conquer this very horrific and evil malady – alcohol/drug addiction.

In addiction, there are 2 different perspectives simultaneously occurring. For the addict, their addictive behaviors are a SOLUTION for the addict as they "FIX" their insides (internal emotional state)! For the family of the addict, the addictive behaviors are a PROBLEM for the addict as they see the negative consequences of the addictive behaviors, such as decline of person's health, legal problems, financial problems, relationship problems, employment problems, etc. Whose view is correct? They are both right! This is part of the understanding that is needed to get the addict and the family on the same side of assisting the addict in overcoming their addiction!



The panel will include Dr. Donald Hanson, recently retired federal probation officer; David Phipps, MBA, director of Lifetime Recovery; and, Dr. David Karney, a psychiatrist and elder at Oak Hills Church in San Antonio. They will discuss the triangulation of care provided by the state, religious groups and AA.



Eucharist and Texas barbeque dinner at the historic

St. Mark's Episcopal Church

River taxi tour and Dinner at The Original, a restaurant famous for its Tex-Mex cuisine.

Performance by H.Y.P.E (Helping Youth Prevention through Entertainment) reaches out to kids through popular music and mentoring.

Private bus tour of the San Antonio missions, a national historic park.


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