Addiction

Global Health
The Rev. Dr. Matt Johnson. Photo courtesy of the author.

Faith communities can respond to substance-use epidemic with hope

September is Recovery Awareness Month. Pastor and advocate Matt Johnson encourages churches and faith communities to engage with those struggling with substance use disorder.
Local Church
Billie Jean Baker has an apartment now but for about three years had no home of her own and often slept outside Dallas’ Oaklawn United Methodist Church. She recently received a Harry Denman Evangelism Award for helping the church expand its ministry with the homeless. Photo by Sam Hodges, UM News.

Evangelism award winner slept outside church

Billy Jean Baker is honored for using her personal experience with homelessness to help Dallas’ Oak Lawn United Methodist Church open its doors wider.
Mission and Ministry
Eric Nyenow (left) and Emmanuel Gbuie, residents of the United Methodist New Life Recovery Center, review their notes during an addiction and substance abuse seminar in Monrovia, Liberia. The United Methodist Church in Liberia hosted the seminar to help local churches expand and strengthen their recovery ministries. Photo by E Julu Swen, UM News.

Church in Liberia focuses on addiction ministries

United Methodist seminar helps churches expand and strengthen programs for those struggling with substance abuse.
General Church
The sustainable investment division of Wespath, the United Methodist Church’s pension agency, has joined a coalition of institutional investors that calls for pharmaceutical companies to adopt or strengthen their practices to mitigate risks related to opioids. Photo illustration by Kathleen Barry, UM News.

Wespath initiatives address opioid crisis

The United Methodist Church’s benefits agency is addressing the national opioid crisis by offering education and recovery resources, as well as holding companies it invests in accountable.

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