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Faith community mobilizes to support substance abuse prevention, recovery



Members of the NHSC Faith Project Team at their kick-off meeting on Feb. 27 discuss plans for collaboration at Trinity Episcopal Church in Solebury.

New Hope Solebury Cares has formalized a Project Team to identify ways in which the faith community in and around New Hope and Solebury can collaborate to support substance abuse prevention and recovery efforts.

Members of all faiths are welcome and invited to participate. The Rev. Richard Vinson of Trinity Episcopal Solebury highlighted the imperative faith community engagement.

“Addiction is a daily struggle. It affects entire families, and children are especially at risk,” he said. “Faith communities can offer life-giving support to persons where addiction has caused great damage.

Children, parents, grandparents, siblings and spouses require care and support that is openhearted and free from moralizing judgement.”

As a part of this effort, four area churches – Covenant Church, Doylestown; Trinity Episcopal Solebury; St. Philip’s Episcopal, New Hope; and New Hope Community Church will simultaneously address ways to reduce the stigma surrounding addiction during Sunday services on April 15.

“The issue of addiction is a present crisis in our community. As Christians, we are called to engage in our world and help bring to wholeness those in need of healing,” said the Rev. Michael Ruk of St. Philip’s.

The happenings on April 15 are also part of a larger countywide, two-week cluster of events called the “Bucks County Blitz.” Designed to promote freedom from addiction and to combat the drug epidemic in Bucks County, the blitz culminates on Sunday, April 28 at the “Together We Can” Convention held at the Newtown Athletic Club from noon to 4 p.m.

For information about the blitz, NHSC, or to join the Faith Project Team, contact Zachary Mahon at zmahon@nhscares.org.

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