April 8-9: Can we talk? The Church and the Recovery Movement

Monday, April 8, 2019, 5:00pm–Tuesday, April 9, 2019, 3:00pm
Rolling Ridge Retreat and Conference Center, North Andover, MA

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This overnight workshop/retreat will explore the appropriate ways for congregations and the 12 Step meetings with whom they share their buildings to learn from one another and be changed in the process. Each of the resource people is working to incorporate these issues into the life and work of local churches and will reflect on their own experience. This will be an opportunity for laity and clergy, individuals in recovery and people of good will to engage in thoughtful and meaningful conversation around these issues.

Mike Clark is the Recovery Outreach Worker of the Belmont-Watertown United Methodist Church. In semi-retirement after 40 years of full-time ministry, Mike spends all of his time now with those battling addictions and seeking a transformed life. In recent years he has utilized the Gospel of Thomas in spiritual direction with individuals, taught classes in several different settings, led retreats on Thomas for church folks and recovering addicts, and has come to view it as a “fifth Gospel,” an inviting and challenging text which complements the Four at the heart of our tradition.