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Message from the Director – Transitioning to the New Normal

Drew Brooks – Faith Partners Director “We teach best what we most need to learn” – Richard Bach, Author of “Illusions: The Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah” Transitioning out of the pandemic has been at the forefront of many people’s minds, especially the faith community. We are trying to figure out what the “new normal” …

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Tools & Strategies – From Personal Tragedy to Resolution to a Healing Network

Rev. Molly Doreza The Rev. Molly Doreza is an ordained Lutheran minister in the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America and Chair of The Healing Network.  She is currently serving as Interim Pastor of Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Milwaukee, WI. Early, on a rainy summer morning, I got a call no mother should ever receive.  …

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Advocacy: Champions for Change -Alcohol: Legal and Lethal – March 18, 2022

Carol Pine Carol Pine is a person in long-term recovery from alcoholism. She is the co-founder of the Interfaith Addiction and Recovery Coalition based in Savannah, GA., past chair of the Hazelden/Betty Ford Board, current Faith Partners Board member, and co-creator of a Faith Partners Team at House of Hope Presbyterian Church in St. Paul, …

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Perspectives – The Patriarchs of Genesis; Our Companions in Experiencing a Higher Power

Richard D. Grant, Jr., Ph.D. Richard D. Grant, Jr,. Ph.D., is a psychologist who had a private practice in Austin, Texas, for over 40 years. With Andrea Miller, he is the author of Recovering Connections, a book which combines recovery, Christianity, and Jungian psychology. He is very interested in The Twelve Steps corresponding to Biblical …

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Tools & Strategies – Necessity the Mother of Invention: Providing Hope in Any Form

The pandemic has changed everything! The last 18 months or so has been a challenge for most everyone, but with challenge comes opportunity. I have rested in the words of Paul from Romans 8:28, “And we know all things work together for good for those who love God, to those who are called according to …

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Perspectives – Addiction and the Road to Damascus (Abbreviated Version)

Rev. Alexander E. Sharp,  Executive Director, Clergy for a New Drug Policy If asked to name the American thinkers of the past 150 years whom I most admire, I would place the great pragmatic philosopher William James at the very top of the list. Starting as a professor of physiology at Harvard in 1873, James …

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Drew Brooks

Message from the Director – Finding Your Voice

Drew Brooks – Faith Partners Director The pandemic has revealed many things, especially the needs and gaps in our response to addiction and mental health issues. During the last 18 months there has been a significant increase in alcohol and drug use, relapse from addiction, drug overdoses, depression, anxiety, suicidal ideas, compounded grief, emotional isolation, …

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Advocacy: Champions for Change – Bringing Hope to Those Struggling with Addiction

Excerpt from St. Peter Catholic Church, Lincoln, NE “Imagine people in your congregation being as comfortable bringing casseroles to a family whose mother is in alcohol or drug treatment as one who is hospitalized for cancer.” This hope, expressed by Rev. Otto Schultz in the brochure for the Nebraska Faith Partners, gets right to the …

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