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. For more information, visit www.gracestlukes.org/events/recovery-sunday/.
Join us for what has become an annual event for the Addiction and Recovery Commission, Grace-St. Luke’s Church, and Recovery Repertory Theater. We’ll be treated to recovery songs, jokes, and a good 12-step message in this production which will give us new ways to connect to recovery and laugh at ourselves. Stay after the performance for a “Coffee & Cookie” Reception.
This year’s show, titled “The Sponsor,” is a musical comedy recovery play centered around that very important tool of recovery—sponsorship. It is a lighthearted look at sponsors, and some of the folks they work with.
So, sponsors and sponsees, we look forward to seeing you on September 16!
Registration is open for our Gathering in Phoenix, October 5-7. All of the meetings, except for the closing Eucharist, will be at our conference hotel, which is convenient to the airport. Registration is $250. You can find a link to registration on our website: www.episcopalrecovery.org/gathering. Click here for a link for hotel reservations.
The registration desk will be open on October 4 from 4-6 so you can pick up your materials. Our first General Session will be at 9:00 a.m. on the 5th. We will have a mix of presentations and workshops so that you will have plenty of opportunities to talk about things we can do in our own areas. We had a number of requests for those sharing opportunities after the ones we had last year in Williamsburg.
Our closing Eucharist will be at the Cathedral Saturday at 9:30 a.m.
There will be some minimal assistance with the registration fee available and we will send out an email with the required information and to whom to submit your request shortly.
"All Recovery is a Matter of Connection Making"
An overnight retreat for deepening spirituality in recovery.
Led by the Rev. Dr. Stuart Hoke
October 27-28, 2017
St. Columba Retreat Center – Outside Memphis
Sponsored by The Recovery Commission of the Episcopal Diocese of West Tennessee
FOLLOW THIS LINK TO REGISTER.
“All recovery is a matter of connection making. The deep yearning of the human soul is connection with God, with others, with self. 12-step Recovery opens the door for connecting, provides a venue for its happening, utilizes steps to realize it, makes it available to anyone and everyone, urges its restoration when lost, and celebrates it in ways that exceeds our wildest imaginations…”
—Stuart Hoke, a Saturday night Speaker’s Meeting in Chapel Hill
“Life will take on new meaning. To watch people recover, to see them help others, to watch loneliness vanish, to see a fellowship grow up about you, to have a host of friends—this is an experience you must not miss. We know you will not want to miss it. Frequent contact with newcomers and with each other is the bright spot of our lives.”
Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous, chapter 7, page 89
Born in Memphis, and raised across the Mississippi River in Blytheville, the Rev. Dr. Stuart Hoke is a priest of the Diocese of New York who retired in 2008 as Executive Assistant to the Rector of Trinity Wall Street and Missioner to St. Paul's Chapel at Ground Zero. After graduating from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Dr. Hoke attended the Episcopal Divinity School in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where he received the Master of Divinity degree. Ordained in 1972, Hoke spent the greater part of his ministry serving congregations in Arkansas and Texas.
In 1996, Dr. Hoke completed the Master of Sacred Theology degree at New York's General Theological Seminary, and was awarded the Doctor of Theology degree in the spring of 2000. For the next eight years he served as Executive Assistant to the Rector of Trinity Church Wall Street in New York City.
In his extensive work for the past 30 years in the ministry of recovery, Hoke has been a frequent conference and retreat conductor throughout the Episcopal Church; and currently serves as an Adjunct Professor at New York's General Seminary where he has pioneered two courses on the Church's role in the treatment of alcoholism and addictive illness. He also works with congregations and dioceses where there are issues with impaired clergy
Stuart now resides in Fearrington Village NC, and serves as Vicar of All Saints, Hamlet NC; and "priest for the moment" at the Episcopal Worshiping Congregation of Cheraw SC
Make plans now to join us in the peaceful woods outside Memphis for an overnight retreat, learning practices to deepen your connection to each other, and to God through prayer, meditation and conscious contact with the God you are growing to understand. Retreat beings at 5pm on Friday and ends at 5pm on Saturday. Dinner Friday, and breakfast and lunch are included. Overnight space is limited to 48 people with double occupancy. To reserve your spot, please email Shannon Tucker at shannon.tucker [at] gmail [dot] com or call 901-281-0785 for more information.
Registration Fee: $125 (double) and $165 (single), which includes retreat registration, overnight lodging and all meals.
FOLLOW THIS LINK TO REGISTER.