Doug Sibley Elected to Three Boards

February 06, 2009

United Methodist and Cal-Nevada Conference member Doug Sibley has been elected to three addictions recovery-related boards serving the state of California.

On February 2 he was chosen to serve on the boards of the California Council on Alcohol Problems (CalCAP), the California Coalition Against Gambling Expansion (CCAGE), and the Alcohol-Narcotics Education Foundation (ANEF). A long-time member of the Martinez United Methodist Church, Sibley is the Addictions Recovery Coordinator for the California-Nevada Annual Conference Board of Church and Society.

"We are vigorously pursuing this new ministry effort in order to assist local churches and congregations in addressing relevant issues in today's world," states Sibley. "Our purpose is to raise awareness, create safe places to discuss, often privately, alcohol, drug, gambling, smoking, pornography (et al) dependence, as well as possible recovery options - thereby allowing each church to become a greater place of healing. This is our way of fulfilling the church's mission to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. Our hearts, our minds, and our doors are open to all, including to those who are facing recovery from alcohol, drugs, or other addictions."

 

He adds, "Our Conference ministry, in cooperation with CalCAP, is applying for a Peace with Justice Grant through the Board of Church and Society. The funding will be used to assist clergy and lay leadership in understanding the impact of addiction and to support recovery efforts."

On March 26 at 9 a.m., Sibley will address the Health and Faith-in-Action Committee in the Interfaith Council office at the Walnut Creek United Methodist Church. Walnut Creek UMC is located at 1543 Sunnyvale Avenue, Walnut Creek, CA 94597.

 

CalCAP is comprised of citizens, churches, and denominational leaders who are concerned about the harmful impact of alcohol and gambling on California and its citizens. The organization monitors all alcoholic beverage legislation at the California State Capitol and was instrumental in the enactment of a number of laws, including the drunk driving reform laws of 1981 and the .08% BAC laws in 1991.

 

Incorporated on January 29, 2003, CCAGE's stated purpose is "to shape gambling policies in the State of California and to carry on other education, non-profit activities associated with this goal as allowed by law." 

 

As a non-profit benefit corporation, ANEF is dedicated to providing educational resources for students, congregations, and the public. 

For information on upcoming events and/or information on addictions and recovery solutions, visit the CA-NV Annual Conference Board of Church and Society's Recovery webpage.

 

For more information about the California Council on Alcohol Problems, the California Coalition Against Gambling Expansion, and the Alcohol-Narcotics Education Foundation, visit www.calcap.org.

 

In addition to his work as an Addiction Recovery Coordinator, Sibley is also the project manager for implementing the covenant between the Annual Conference and the California Interfaith Power and Light (CIPL). He is scheduled to speak to the Annual Conference Board of Trustees on Saturday, February 7 about CIPL and what it means to be "good stewards of the earth."