Sunday, May 11, 2008

Wicked Local Marblehead Article

Marblehead - A three-part workshop on addiction and adolescents, “Listening for the Still Small Voice,” will be held March 13 and 15 at the Church of St. Andrew and at St. Stephen’s in Lynn. The series, sponsored by the Evangelical Education Society of the Episcopal Church, the Hazelden Foundation and the Episcopal Divinity School, explores the relationship between addiction and spirituality. Local and national experts will serve as workshop leaders.

The workshop will focus on gaining an understanding of the relationship between addiction and spiritual life for adolescents. The goal is to provide spiritual caregivers, families and youth with an understanding of addiction, the spiritual dimensions of the illness and recovery, and what can be done to help adolescents and their families affected by addiction recover and heal.

The first workshop in this mini-conference is for ministers and lay youth leaders, Thursday, March 13, noon to 2 p.m. at the Church of St. Andrew. Topics include addiction, what it is and what it has to do with spirituality; addiction and adolescents, the role of spirituality in recovery, the role of the spiritual caregiver, and making church user-friendly for adolescents and families in recovery. Lunch is included.

The second workshop is an educational forum for parents, family and interested community members, held Thursday, March 13, 7 p.m. at St. Andrew’s. Topics include addiction and its relationship with spirituality; addiction and adolescents; recovery and the role of spirituality; AA; and identifying and using local treatment resources and options.

Thursday’s workshop leaders are Jeannine Leonard, chaplain for Hazelden Center for Youth and Family; Jim Kane, national outreach director for the Hazelden Foundation; and Kevin Cross, chaplain at North Shore Medical Center and student at Episcopal Divinity School.

Saturday, March 15, is a workshop for youth, held at St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, 74 South Common St., Lynn, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Lunch is included; registration is limited. Topics include addiction and the role of spirituality, the role of a healthy spiritual life, developing your spirituality, and training in basic spiritual practices. Workshop leaders include Kevin Cross; Jane Korins, director of pastoral care, North Shore Medical Center; Jason Cruz, youth leader for RAW Art and youth minister, St. Stephen’s Church; Jasen Sousa, founder of J-Rock Publishing; Saoul Rahman, spiritual leader; and Rev. Arrington Chambliss, associate rector, Church of St. Andrew.

To RSVP for any of the three workshops, contact Kevin Cross, kcross@eds.edu, or call 781-704-6581. For more information, see the St. Andrew's Web site, www.standrewsmhd.org.

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