April 3, 2017
Find tips and resources for self-care, material to assist you in providing pastoral care, and general information to help you in your practice of ministry. Information will be updated every two weeks concurrent with the East Ohio E-news. Archives Here ...
Video - The Power of Self to Heal our Parts: Internal Family System Demonstration
by Richard Schwartz
“If you love what’s in your way it will transform.”
A guided meditation to get to know a part. For more information call the Program in Pastoral Care: 330-456-0486 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Alcohol Rehab Guide
by Carol Galbicsek
ARG encourages people to seek treatment for alcohol abuse. By providing essential information about the dangers associated with alcohol, ARG educates individuals about living a healthy, alcohol-free life. Our team understands that choosing to overcome an alcohol addiction is one of the most important decisions a person will ever have to make. That’s why we’re here to give you the knowledge you need in taking the next steps in your recovery.
The ARG team is committed to delivering relevant, accurate content that is easy to understand. Every page is reviewed and goes through a detailed, fact-checking process before it is published. This is to ensure that we provide individuals with the most up-to-date information from top-rated resources.
ARG is an independent venture that is solely meant to help those struggling with alcohol abuse or addiction. Our independence allows us to provide content that is most important to our readers, not an affiliated organization. We recognize that staying independent is necessary to best serve our community now and in the future.
Alcoholism Resources: If you or your loved one are struggling with an alcohol use disorder (AUD), help is available. When you’re working to overcome a drinking problem or maintain your sobriety, it’s important to know that you’re not alone. There are resources across the country that are designed specifically for individuals and loved ones impacted by the harmful effects of alcohol. With the guidance of these organizations, you will have the tools for living a healthy and alcohol-free life.
The Summit County Opiate Task Force Presents: Best-Selling Author of “Dreamland” Sam Quinones
Wednesday, April 12, 2017.
7:00-8:30 pm (Doors Open at 6:30 pm) (FREE)
Akron-Summit County Library Presents an Evening with Sam Quinones. The author will discuss his book, Dreamland, delve into the roots of the opiate problem, and explore community efforts to find solutions.
In 1929, in the blue-collar city of Portsmouth, Ohio, a company built a swimming pool the size of a football field; named Dreamland, it became the vital center of the community. Now, addiction has devastated Portsmouth, as it has hundreds of small rural towns and suburbs across America--addiction like no other the country has ever faced. How that happened is the riveting story of Dreamland.
With a great reporter’s narrative skill and the storytelling ability of a novelist, acclaimed journalist Sam Quinones weaves together two classic tales of capitalism run amok whose unintentional collision has been catastrophic. The unfettered prescribing of pain medications during the 1990s reached its peak in Purdue Pharma’s campaign to market OxyContin, its new, expensive--extremely addictive--miracle painkiller. Meanwhile, a massive influx of black tar heroin--cheap, potent, and originating from one small county on Mexico’s west coast, independent of any drug cartel--assaulted small town and mid-sized cities across the country, driven by a brilliant, almost unbeatable marketing and distribution system. Together these phenomena continue to lay waste to communities from Tennessee to Oregon, Indiana to New Mexico.
Introducing a memorable cast of characters--pharma pioneers, young Mexican entrepreneurs, narcotics investigators, survivors, and parents--Quinones shows how these tales fit together. Dreamland is a revelatory account of the corrosive threat facing America and its heartland.
Opiate Epidemic: Cover2 Resources
by Greg McNeil
My name is Greg McNeil. In October 2015 I lost my son, Sam, to a heroin overdose. As a parent, I was confident we had it covered. \
Helpful Opiate Podcasts
Holy Week Meditation and Study Guide
by Fr. Andrew J. Demotses
The services of Holy Week transform us into eyewitnesses and direct participants in the awesome events of the Passion and Resurrection of Jesus Christ. In readings taken from both Old and New Testaments, in hymns, processions, and liturgical commemoration, we see the fulfillment of the Messianic prophecies, and the mighty acts by which God Himself, in the person of Jesus Christ, grants us forgiveness for our sins, and rescues us from the pain of eternal death.
What You Practice Grows Stronger
by Shauna Shapiro
When it comes to making changes, we all have one habit in common that holds us back: self-judgement. The neuroscience of mindfulness suggests lasting change requires a softer touch.
How self-judgement wreaks havoc
No matter how hard I tried my mind kept wandering off. And at this point I really started to judge myself. What is wrong with you? You’re terrible at this. Why are you even here? You’re a fake. And then not only was I judging myself, I start judging everyone, even the monks. Why are they just sitting here, shouldn’t they be doing something?
Thankfully a monk from London arrived who spoke English, and as I shared with him my struggles, he looked at me and said, “Oh dear, you’re not practicing mindfulness, you’re practicing judgment, impatience, frustration.” And then he said five words that have never left me:
“What you practice grows stronger.”
Meet: monthly 1 ½ hours
Where and when:
Ashland Christ UMC, 1140 Claremont Ave. – Second Wednesdays, 1:00 PM
Canton Faith UMC, 00 9th St. NW—Second Thursdays, 10:30 AM
Sandusky Trinity UMC, 214 E. Jefferson St. – Second Thursdays, 2:00 PM
Cleveland Hts Church of the Saviour, 2537 Lee Road – Third Thursdays, 1:30 PM
Medina Granger UMC, 1235 Granger Rd. – Third Wednesdays, 1:30 PM
If you are interested in being part of one of these groups, it would be helpful if you let us know for planning purposes. For questions and to receive information about a particular group, please call our office 330-456-0486 or email us at email@example.com
The Program in Pastoral Care and Counseling encourages the spiritual formation of our pastors believing a strong spiritual base is the greatest resource a church leader can possess. It helps us weather the many storms of ministry and deepens the incredible joys ministry provides. Following is a list of Spiritual Directors in our area. We encourage you to take advantage of this rich resource. This listing will appear in each edition of our bi-monthly webpage updates and new names and contact information will be provided as we learn of them and have permission to include them. If you are a director or know of a director that is not included here please let us know.
Debbie Baker - firstname.lastname@example.org
Bruce Batchlor-Glader – email@example.com
Harry Finkbone - Finkbone1@gmail.com
Joy Gordon – firstname.lastname@example.org
Karen Hollingsworth – email@example.com
Liz Nau – firstname.lastname@example.org
Jennifer Olin-Hitt – email@example.com
Sharon Seyfarth Garner – firstname.lastname@example.org
Valerie Stultz - email@example.com
Carol Topping - firstname.lastname@example.org
When Avoidance Rules Your Life
by Sharon Begley
Though we often equate compulsions and addictions, researchers are now drawing a sharp distinction between these two behaviors—one is about avoiding and the other about seeking.
Bianca feels compelled to keep her three-story house so organized, tidy, and clean that certain chairs must stand in only certain precise places; bathroom towels must be arranged and folded just so; the dishwasher must be loaded according to a strict, undeviating system; and tall glasses must be stored on the right of a kitchen cabinet, medium glasses on the left.
Suzanne’s house, by contrast, has been so consumed by her decades of hoarding that city authorities threatened to condemn it.
Superficially, the two women seem to be polar opposites. Look below the surface, however, and they are not so different. And their stories highlight a mystery that has long stymied students of the mind and which recent science is shedding light on: What are the roots of compulsions, and how do they differ from behavioral addictions, which we typically associate with activities like excessive drinking, gambling, or drug abuse?
. . . The roots of compulsion lie in the brain circuit that detects threats, which is abnormally active in people with OCD and other compulsions.
Create a Living Faith
by Jan Phillips
In my first theology class as an aspiring nun, a burly Lithuanian Jesuit priest announced in a thick accent, “Your religion is the set of beliefs passed down to you from the church. Your spirituality, your faith, is something you create based on your commitments and ultimate concerns. You have to know what you are committed to in order to have your faith mean anything.”
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