From the Executive Director – July 2013


It’s hard to get away, isn’t it? We talk about taking a sabbatical, signing up for a retreat and attending workshops. But family, finances, work and ministry responsibilities interfere with our good intentions. At NACR, we get it; we know you’re out there and that you’re eager to improve your serve.

We are working hard to bring resources to your doorstep. Remember when we hosted a retreat at Laity Lodge last February? We had a packed house, but that left thousands of you unable to attend! So we went to Laity with you in our hearts; we committed ourselves to figuring out a way to bring part of the experience of this retreat into your community.

A series of videos were captured during that retreat and they are now available here. There are two formats: one short version – great for sermon clips and a second longer version – we imagine you using them in small groups, classes and even for personal use. The nine topics that are the focus of each video can help us help others. In particular, they discuss spiritual practices that can enrich our eleventh step experience. Notice how beautifully spiritual disciplines and the twelve steps meet up at the eleventh step! Isn’t that cool?

If you find these enriching, imagine how useful these films are going to be paired with our soon-to-be-released curriculum on the same subjects. When you want to enrich your community’s experience with spiritual practices and/or the eleventh step – remember that resources are available using either the short or long videos and we anticipate releasing curriculum suitable for small study group experiences within your community soon.


Interested in taking a break, getting away, and regrouping? Need a meeting with fellow recovery ministers, pastors, treatment professionals and support group leaders? Join us for breathe…Friday, October 11th and Saturday, October 12th, 2013 at Grace Fellowship church in Timonium, MD. (Want more details? Ready to register? Need a scholarship to help with your expenses? Contact us and/or register here

Addiction: the Church’s Role in Recovery

Please take note of this training opportunity scheduled for August 3 in Memphis, TN! The topic of this free, half-day workshop is: Addiction: the Church’s Role in Recovery

The workshop is sponsored by the Recovery Commission of the Diocese of West Tennessee. The featured presenter will be The Rev. Dr. Stuart Hoke. Rev. Hoke is an adjunct professor at General Seminary in New York City. He has pioneered a tremendously successful course of study on the Church’s role in the treatment of alcoholism and addictive illness. Over the past 6 years Stuart has shared his expertise and energy with more than 350 students at the seminary and beginning this year, will be adapting that course for an audience in dioceses and parishes across the country.

Organizer: Recovery Ministries of the Episcopal Church
Date: Saturday, August 3, 2013
Time: 9:00am to 12:30pm
Place: Grace St. Luke’s Church, 1720 Peabody, Memphis, TN (Trezevant Hall)
Who: All people interested in the work of recovery
Complimentary lunch provided by the Diocesan Recovery Commission

If you would like to attend, please call, email or text Shannon Tucker at 901-281-0785.