News from the 2019 Diocesan Convention:
The 180th Diocesan Convention passed a resolution (Nov. 22, 2019) reestablishing the Episcopal Recovery Ministries. Our Diocesan General Convention Deputation submitted this resolution in response to a call from the 79th General Convention to provide resources for training, pastoral care, and liturgy to address the opioid epidemic and all that of addictive drugs.
A new committee has been formed and more information will be posted here soon. Please contact the Rev. Sally Weaver for details.
The Episcopal Recovery Ministries (ERM) Committee of the Diocese of Missouri exists as a resource for people seeking information, guidance, and consolation in their struggles with substance abuse. ERM focuses on the person who is addicted and on the people who are affected by another’s addiction. ERM offers information to enable all those affected by addiction to find the help they seek.
This committee is newly reformed; in 2020 we are just beginning our work together. So watch for updates and feel free to contact the Rev. Sally Weaver with suggestions.
Substance abuse is a major issue in American society. But there is help and there is hope.
The 167th Convention of the Diocese of Missouri designated the first Sunday of Lent as Recovery Sunday in the Diocese. The ERM committee will be offering resources for a Recovery Sunday for Lent 2021. The following prayer from the Book of Common Prayer (page 831) may be used during the “Prayers of the People” at any time:
O blessed Lord, you ministered to all who came to you: Look with compassion upon all who through addiction have lost their health and freedom. Restore to them the assurance of your unfailing mercy; remove from them the fears that beset them; strengthen them in the work of their recovery; and to those who care for them, give patient understanding and persevering love. Amen.