WE THIRST: LESSONS IN MERCY©
Christian reflections on addiction
This comprehensive series of four evenings of reflection are designed for ALL MEMBERS OF THE CHURCH including the afflicted and their families and friends, counselors, nurses, priests, pastors, deacons, chaplains, etc., those in the criminal justice system, educators, and anyone who would like to learn more to become part of a solution.
We will explore the epidemic of addiction in our society and our responsibility as followers of Christ in responding to those who are suffering — the marginalized, the sick, the oppressed.
This series is designed to educate and spread awareness, but unlike other secular programs this Christian series offers HOPE AND SUPPORT, ENCOURAGES COMMUNITY, FOSTERS MERCY, FAITH, AND LOVE.
session ONE: BIOLOGY
This four-week series begins with a focus on the biology of addiction. We will take a fairly in-depth look at the latest scientific theories of how exactly substances affect the body and the mind. Dependence, tolerance, relapse and denial are just some of the many topics that will be explored. The second half of the evening will include the numerous options available for those seeking recovery including medications, therapies, various support groups and more. Each week introduces a particular virtue that can be practiced, especially during times of crisis. This week’s virtue: PRUDENCE.
session TWO: PSYCHOLOGY
Week two’s focus is on some of the psychological theories that perhaps best explain the use of substances. We will journey through our human growth and development to consider our core wounds and the layers and layers of traits that we wear for protection which ultimately cause more harm than good. We will see that the common denominator in all our misguided attempts (whether using substances or not) is the desire to avoid more pain. The second half of the evening will include what is necessary to make the journey back to our true selves buried deep within. This week’s virtue: EMPATHY.
session THREE: SOCIOLOGY
This third week’s topic is on the impact of substance abuse on society, with a special focus on the small society of the family. We will learn why exactly addiction is referred to as a “family disease” and how exactly others in the family can become affected when they are not ingesting a substance. Themes such as blame, shame, anger, guilt, grief, caring, codependence, and much more will be explored. As always, the second half of the evening focuses on various solutions as well as some positive changes that are happening in society. This week’s virtue: COURAGE.
session FOUR: SPIRITUALITY
The series concludes with an examination of our spiritual nature and how and why spirituality is an important part of the recovery process. Oftentimes the use of a substance is a misguided attempt to quench a spiritual thirst or craving. We will explore the missing piece to the puzzle of our lives, the God-shaped hole within each of us, and the only real way that this void can be filled. This week we will discuss not one, but three virtues: FAITH, HOPE, and LOVE.
The provider of this educational event has designed the program so that it may be considered by participants for use as continuing education to enhance the professional knowledge and pastoral competency of chaplains certified through the Board of Chaplaincy Certification Inc.® an affiliate of the Association of Professional Chaplains™
I am currently offering EVENING ONE for FREE; therefore, the cost for all four sessions is $750.00.*
*Discounts are available for churches and non-profits that cannot afford the usual fee. I only ask that you please pay what you can reasonably afford so that this important ministry can continue. Mileage rates will be calculated beyond a 60 mile radius (from Bethlehem, PA).
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I sincerely look forward to bringing this important program to your community.