I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to go to the Annual Convention of the Recovery Ministries of the Episcopal Church in Buffalo this June. Trinity Episcopal Church on Delaware Street hosted the conference. It is a fantastic building, or complex of buildings. Being a fan of great architecture, I love Buffalo. From the late 19th to early 20th century, Buffalo was the richest city in the country, per capita, and all the great architects of the time built something there. Then Buffalo fell on hard times, and did not rip down and destroy the great old things like so many cities did. They are now renovating and reviving the downtown. A great setting for a recovery ministry gathering!
I actually had to dig to find out about Recovery ministries, after a suggestion from our Bishop. The General Convention of the Episcopal Church laid the groundwork for this ministry with resolutions in 1979, and has passed additional resolutions at Convention in 1988, 1991, 2003 and 2009, all calling for ministry in this area. Recovery ministries appears to have become a well-kept secret, relinquished to the basement of the church like many recovery groups.
I was also prompted to get involved by my own life experiences, and by an award that Christ Episcopal Church, Oil City, received from the County for our work with the recovery community. I felt we could do far more than act as a place to hold meetings.
Recovery Ministries is an independent, nationwide network of Episcopal laity and clergy, dioceses and parishes, schools, agencies and other institutions – all with a common commitment to Continue reading