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Recovery Ministries is an independent, nationwide network of Episcopal laity and clergy, dioceses and parishes, schools, agencies, and other institutions - all with a common commitment to address the effects of addiction, in all its forms, in relation to the church's mission.

Recovery Ministries serves as a voice of conscience to Episcopalians throughout the world, building awareness of pastoral and spiritual ministry to those addicted. The original concept for Recovery Ministries’ mission dates from the landmark 1979 General Convention resolution on alcohol. The resolutions from the 2015 General Convention, and Resolutions D057, D058, D0 59 from the 2018 General Convention underscore the need to strengthen our resolve.

Recovery Ministries of the Episcopal Church's mission is to serve all those affected by  addiction who have lost their health and freedom. Our ministry seeks to:

  • Help the addicted and those who love them connect with spiritual resources and find lasting recovery.
  • Witness to Christ’s unfailing mercy by welcoming unchurched members of Alcoholics Anonymous and other recovery programs into an Episcopal faith community.
  • Raise the awareness of clergy and other leaders about the disease of addiction and the redemption and grace found in recovery.
  • Strengthen recovering Episcopalians in the work of their recovery and help proclaim the Gospel in the world and carry their recovery into the Church.

Hope for Today

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 preserving love. Amen.

—Prayer 56 Episcopal Book of Common Prayer


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Addiction: The Church's Role in Recovery

Recovery Ministries is pleased to share one of our current initiatives today in video format. In our work to provide recovery education and training opportunities and to support churches in helping carry the message of hope, please take a moment to view Part I of a workshop presented recently in Memphis Tennessee, sponsored by Recovery Ministries of the Episcopal Church and The Recovery Commission of the Diocese of West Tennessee.

Addiction - The Church's Role in Recovery Part 1 from Shannon Tucker on Vimeo.

The workshop featured the Rev. Dr. Stuart Hoke, adjunct professor at General Theological Seminary in New York City, who 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, working to teach others how to conduct similar presentations to dioceses and parishes across the country.

To learn more about how to bring this program to your diocese, please contact us at info@episcopalrecovery.org

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