Rostered ministers and lay members are invited to join the synod’s new Substance Abuse Network, which will encourage and promote ways that the synod, rostered ministers, lay leaders and congregations can bring hope and healing to those affected by substance abuse.
Drug addiction, alcoholism, codependency, and behavioral addictions are among the most prevalent, complex and destructive illnesses in human society. It has long been recognized that addiction contains a spiritual dimension that must be integrated into treatment more than other disorders.
The Substance Abuse Network, which was formed in response to a resolution adopted at the 2022 Northeastern Iowa Synod Assembly, will advise how leaders and congregations can collaborate with organizations like Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous, Al-Anon, the Center of Addiction and Faith, and Fellowship of Recovering Lutheran Clergy, as well as state and local authorities.
JOIN THE NETWORK!
The network will schedule a kick-off meeting in January 2023, and lay and clergy members are invited to be part of this adventure. Anyone interested should email Pastor Tom Martin, network facilitator, or call the synod office, 319-352-1414.