The State of Addiction and Recovery in The Episcopal Church


Recovery Sunday is a celebration of the deliverance by God’s grace of persons who have been imprisoned by a punishing and bewildering illness. The cost of this disease to our society and our Church, is monumental. It breaks the hearts of those who love the one who is addicted. It wounds the Body of Christ. Please join us Sunday, August 27, and invite your friends and loved ones who are in recovery, and those who have not yet found this way of life, to join you this day to celebrate and to hear this life saving message. The Rev. Jan Brown will lead the Sunday school class and preach at all three services. Come and hear what she has to say about this very important topic.

Recovery Sunday Class, 9:30-10:15 am in Trezevant Hall
Join us for a lively and spirited presentation about addiction in its many forms and the multiple pathways to/of recovery. In this presentation you will hear an update on the resolutions that were passed during the General Convention and how they are being implemented in various dioceses across the Church. You will also hear about an initiative taking place in Province III to address the opioid epidemic and updates on what is happening with Recovery Ministries of the Episcopal Church. Come with your questions and be prepared to participate.

The Rev. Jan M. Brown is the Founding/Executive Director of SpiritWorks Foundation Center for the Soul, a community recovery organization located in Williamsburg, VA. The Rev. Brown is an ordained Deacon in the Episcopal Church, presently serving at Bruton Parish Church in Williamsburg, VA. She graduated from the College of William and Mary with a BA in Psychology, is certified as a Master Recovery Life Coach and is currently an international scholar in the International Programme on Addiction Studies. Jan will receive her Master of Addiction Science Degree in 2018 through a specialized program with King’s College in London, the University of Adelaide and Virginia Commonwealth University. She is also an Addictions Educator and sought after speaker on topics of addiction, recovery ministries, and recovery management. The Rev. Brown serves as Vice President on the Board of Recovery Ministries of the Episcopal Church, the Board of Faces and Voices of Recovery, the SAMHSA BRSS-TACS Steering Committee, and co-chairs the Addictions and Recovery Commission for the Diocese of Southern Virginia. In 2014 she was appointed by the Governor of Virginia to serve on the Governor’s Task Force on Prescription Drug and Heroin Abuse. In 2015 Jan was appointed by the Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church to serve on the Commission on Impairment and Leadership. In 2016, the Rev. Brown became a consultant for the Navajoland Area Mission working on issues of healing, recovery, and wholeness with the Diné.

For more information about Recovery Ministries, contact Lucy Owens, 901-272-7425 or lucy [at] graceslukes [dot] org.