UMs Recognized for Efforts Toward National Recovery Month

September 24, 2009

The Rev. Afuhia Akolo, pastor of Martinez United Methodist Church, and Doug Sibley, Addictions Recovery coordinator for the Board of Church and Society of the California-Nevada Annual Conference, were cited by the City of Martinez for their efforts in raising addictions awareness.

The two UMs urged the city to join the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, California Council on Alcohol Problems (CalCAP), California Coalition Against Gambling Expansion (CCAGE), Alcohol-Narcotics Education Foundation (ANEF), Nevada and California State Legislatures, General Board of Church and Society of The United Methodist Church, and California-Nevada Annual Conference in recognizing September as National Recovery Month.
In so doing, the city council and Martinez Mayor Rob Schroder presented copies of the proclamation to Rev. Akolo and to Sibley, who is a member of Martinez UMC. Bishop Warner H. Brown, Jr., resident bishop of the California-Nevada Annual Conference, also thanked the two for their efforts.
At the end of August, Sibley was named to the Alcohol and Other Drugs Advisory Board of Contra Costa County.
As part of National Recovery Month, sign up now for the workshop, "Understanding the Impact of Addiction and Supporting Recovery: Strategies and Tools for Clergy and Other Congregational Leaders," Wednesday, September 30, 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m., at San Ramon Valley United Methodist Church in Alamo, California. This day of learning and resources is sponsored by the Special Program on Substance Abuse and Related Violence (SPSARV) of the General Board of Global Ministries and the National Association for Children of Alcoholics (NACoA), and co-sponsored by the Cal-Nevada Conference, American Association of Pastoral Counselors (AAPC), and Alcohol-Narcotic Education Foundation (ANEF).
It will be a rare opportunity for pastors and other congregational leaders not only to get the latest information, but also to obtain resources and strategies for providing help and hope to individuals and families suffering the impact of addiction.
Download interactive registration/flyer for more information and to register (a link to the flyer is also located under "What's New" on the Home Page).
$35 fee includes Continental breakfast, lunch, and training materials. The workshop is open to clergy and congregational leaders of all faiths, as well as professionals and volunteers in the public and private sector.
The California-Nevada Conference Board of Ordained Ministry is offering .5 CEU (Continuing Education Units) credit to its own clergy - however, CEUs are not being offered by the sponsoring organizations.
The workshop is a follow-up to one held in Sacramento in January. A video about that event has been uploaded to REEL Witness, the video library on the California-Nevada Annual Conference website (a direct link to REEL Witness is located under "Quick Links" on the left side of the Home Page). Click here to watch the Understanding Addiction Workshop video.
(In October, San Ramon Valley UMC in Alamo will host a SPSARV Faith Partners Leadership Day, for clergy and one-to-three "targeted passionate laity" per church. Click on link above to read more.)