‘Congregations Taking Action Against Alcohol & Substance Misuse’

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — “Congregations Taking Action Against Alcohol & Substance Misuse” will be presented at the Church Health Center Wellness here Thursday, Sept. 19.

Free workshop is intended to prepare churches and families to deal with addition problems.

The free workshop is intended to prepare churches and families to deal with addition problems. It will present information on how to create ministries aimed at providing alternatives to addictive behaviors. It will discuss recovery and the recovery process, and explain how clergy and laypersons can help both prevent and effectively work with persons affected by addiction through missionally excellent programming.

The Rev. Cynthia Abrams, director of Alcohol, Other Addictions & Health Care at the General Board of Church & Society, will be a featured luncheon speaker along with Butch Odom of MemphisAddictionHelp.org.

‘Addiction 101’ and more

The program will begin with worship led by the Rev. Cynthia Davis at 8:45 a.m.

Morning presentations are the following:

  • The Rev. Dr. Kenneth Robinson will discuss the “Congregational Role in Prevention,”
  • The Rev. Peter Ferguson will share “One Pastor’s Story — Ministry Health Alliance,” and
  • Walter Williams will present “Addiction 101: What Everyone Needs to Know.”

After lunch, three sessions will be presented twice:

  • “Addiction – Getting People into Treatment” by the Rev. Bill Warr with Williams,
  • “Recovery – Helping People Stay Sober” by the Rev. Pat Kendall with Odom, and
  • “Prevention: Keeping People Well” by Bonnie McCrickard with Jay Tyler.

For more information, contact: Linda Warren Seely, Alcohol & Drug Prevention Coordinator, Memphis Conference, c/o Communities of Hope, 636 Wallace Rd., Jackson, TN 38305, or by email to lwseely@hotmail.com or by phone at (731) 217-8013.

Download a printable at brochure about the event that includes information about how to register.

A $7,000 grant from the General Board of Church & Society is helping fund the event.

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