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Addiction & Faith Conference

September 20, 2019 - September 22, 2019

The 2018 conference far exceeded expectations.

​By popular demand we offer this 2nd Conference.

With growing concern over the devastation of all forms of addiction, including the ever-increasing opioid crisis, the Fellowship of Recovering Lutheran Clergy (FRLC) in partnership with the Recovery Ministries of the Episcopal Church (RMEC) present this conference on addiction and faith to raise awareness of the terrible addiction problem we face and how the church and people of faith can help to address it. 

                       You Are Invited to Join Us!

From the world of church: clergy, synod staff, deacons and deaconesses, parish nurses, youth leaders, addiction awareness teams, congregants, and the community of people in recovery.

From the world of addiction treatment: treatment center staff, healthcare professionals.

Open to anyone interested: in exploring the devastation of addiction and the remarkable healing process of faith. Together, we’ll enhance our knowledge about addiction recovery, share stories of learning and hope, and celebrate our faith in God’s abiding grace.


  • Internationally-known keynote speakers
  • Breakout sessions and spiritual practices

​General CEUs available, up to 9 hours.​

Breakout Speaker


​Gloria Englund is a psychotherapist, who holds a Master of Arts degree in Human Development. As a professional Recovery Coach, she works with individuals and families dealing with an addiction to alcohol, drugs, food, and relationships. Besides individual coaching, she offers two, on-going coaching support groups. Courageous Caregivers© is a support group for those who have a loved one experiencing active addiction, relapse or who are new to recovery. A Different Kind of Grief© is a support group for those who have a loved one who have died from addiction.  Her book, Living in the Wake of Addiction: Lessons for Courageous Caregiving, demystifies addiction, defies stigma, offers hope for recovery, and serves as a guide for professionals, families and individuals seeking support on the journey of recovery.
As an accomplished public speaker, advocate and published author, Gloria brings a message of hope and recovery to others. For more information please see:

Daily Schedule

Pre-Conference Gatherings for RMEC & FRLC
(Recovery Ministries of the Episcopal Church & The Fellowship of Recovering Lutheran Clergy)


Thursday, September 19
For FRLC and RMEC Board members and conference leaders.

9:00-noon     Conference prep
1:00-3;00        Hotel Setup
3:00-4:30        RMEC Board
5:00-5:30        Hospitality for RMEC & FRLC—hospitality room
5:30-7:00        Dinner, Hotel restaurant
7:00-8:30        12-Step meeting—hospitality room
8:30-9:00        Evening devotions/vespers

Friday, September 20

11:00-12:00    Conference Volunteer Training,
all welcome, volunteers needed.

12:00-1:00      RMEC &FRLC lunch (non-hosted)
1:00- 3:00       RMEC Member Meeting
​                        We invite all members to join us.
3:00- 6:00      Addiction & Faith Conference Registration
5:00- 6:00      Spiritual Practices (Optional Activities)

Friday, September 20, 2019

3:00-6:00    Welcome! Registration! Exhibits!
Meet the FRLC & RMEC
3:00-6:00    Spiritual Practices (optional activities)
Open 12-Step Drop In Meeting
Therapeutic Massage (by appointment–fee)
Spiritual Direction (by appointment–fee)
4:00-5:00    Spiritual Practices
Holy Yoga
Conscious Contact
Narcan Training
5:00-6:00    Spiritual Practices
Deep Awakening Journaling
Praying with the Body
Healing Addiction, a Christian Science Approach


6:00-6:45   Welcome/Prayer/Dinner
Pastor Ed Treat and Pastor Steve Lane
6:45-7:00   Senator Amy Klobuchar
“The Problem”
7:00-8:15   Keynote #1:  Dr. George Vaillant
“The Language of the Heart” 
8:30-9:30   Liturgical Recovery Worship
Hosted by the RMEC. All are welcome.

Saturday, September 21, 2019

7:00-8:00  Spiritual Practices
Holy Yoga
Closed 12-Step Meeting
Conscious Contact
Refuge Recovery
Deep Awakening Journaling
8:00-9:00  Registration and Exhibits Reopen
8:00-9:00  Prayer/Breakfast
Exhibitor Presentations
9-10:30     Plenary #1: Karen Casey
“Codependency, Addiction & Spirituality”
10:30-11   Book Signing
10:30-11   Break #1
11-12:15   Breakout Session #1
Beyond Addiction and Trauma: A Healing Journey
Equal but Different: “Secret Addictions” in the Faith Community
Gratitude and Addiction Recovery: Theory, Research, and Practice
​                  Healing Our Codependency Is Our Pathway to Peace
Family Crisis in the Church Part I
​                  Electronics Addiction
       Developing Leaders for Addiction Ministries
Addiction Science
Recovery Worship
12:15-1     Prayer/Lunch
Rev, Sue Hallers Atlie
1-2:15       Plenary #2: Samuel Simmons
“Trauma Across Generations: Addiction and Race”  
2:15-3       Addiction and Race Panel Response
​Dr. Monteic A. Sizer, Rev. Brian Herron & Jamie Monson
3-3:30       Book Signing
3-3:30       Break #2
3:30-4:45  Breakout Session #2
The Recovery Ready Church
​                  Secret Addictions in the Faith Community
Aligning Recovery Activities with Values
​                  Understanding the Grief Process of Addiction-related Death
Family Crisis in the Church Part II (advanced training)
Electronics Addiction
Developing Leaders for Addiction Ministries
​                  The Science of Addiction.
Tools and Best Practices for Addiction Ministry
Trauma Across Generations: Addiction and Race
3:00-6:00 Massage (by appointment–fee)
                  Note: 3:30-4:45 appointments overlap with Breakout Session #2
5:00-6:00 Spiritual Practices
Holy Yoga
Open 12-Step Meeting
Conscious Contact
   Deep Awakening Journaling
Refuge Recovery
Narcan Training
Introduction to the 12 Steps
Healing Addiction, a Christian Science Approach
6:00          Exhibits close
6-6:45      Prayer/Dinner
6:30-7      The Rev. Bishop Penrose Hoover
“Story of Hope”
7-8:15      Keynote #2: Rev. Dr. Brian McLaren
                 “Addiction, Stories and Church” 
8:30-9      Worship
9-10:00    Spiritual Practices (optional activities)
Holy Yoga
Closed 12-Step Meeting
Conscious Contact
Clergy 12-step Meeting

Sunday, September 22, 2019

7:00-8      Spiritual Practices
Holy Yoga
Praying with the Body
Open 12-Step Meeting
Conscious Contact
8:00-9      Registration Re-opens
8-9:00      Prayer/Breakfast

9:15-10:30 Plenary #3   The Rev. Dr. Brian McLaren 
“Making Church Services an Asset in Recovery” 

10:30-11  Book Signing
10:45-11  Coffee Break #3
11:00       Closing Worship with Holy Communion
The Rev. Bishop Penrose Hoover preaching
12:00       Conference ends

Post Conference Gatherings

12-1:30   Lunch on your own
​1:30-3     Conference Debrief–All are welcome.
3-5:00     FRLC Annual Meeting & Visioning session


September 20, 2019
September 22, 2019


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