In the United States, more than 23 million people struggle with an addiction to drugs and alcohol. Communities of faith are often the first place a person will turn when they need help. However, many clergy report that they do not have the knowledge or skills to provide support for individuals and families affected by alcohol and drugs. In fact, 94.4% of clergy consider alcohol and other drug abuse and addiction important issues in their congregations, yet only 12.5% received any coursework on this issue during their studies in seminary (CASA, So Help Me God! 2001).
The Addiction Awareness Symposium at Fairbanks will offer tools and resources to better prepare church leaders to help parishioners struggling with drugs and/or alcohol problems. Anyone interested in learning more about addiction may attend. The schedule of events is as follows:
Noon-5 p.m. Food Trucks and Ministry Resource Exhibits
1-1:45 p.m. Personal Stories of Recovery Q & A
1:45-2:15 p.m. Bruce Perkins - Interventions
2:15-2:45 p.m. Brian and Julie Unwin - Family Support
2:45-3 p.m. Break and Exhibits
3-3:45 p.m. Substance Abuse Ministries Panel
3:45-4 p.m. Rev. John Wantz - Identifying Addiction in your Congregation, past president of Church Federation of Greater Indianapolis
For more information, email Kathleen Gill or call 317-572-9469.
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