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Bearing witness to God’s love and grace, the United Methodist Special Program on Substance Abuse and Related Violence (SPSARV) working through its Global Council on Drug and Alcohol Addiction coordinates a global response to alcohol, chemical abuse and dependency and its related violence. SPSARV prepares clergy, lay leaders and church professionals to be informed and compassionate responders to the needs of individuals and families impacted by the disease of addiction. To facilitate this, SPSARV provides resources across the United Methodist connectional system - congregations, districts, conferences, institutions and ecumenical partners that:
- diminish the stigma associated with the disease of addiction;
- foster ministry responses of prevention, intervention, treatment, recovery, and/or public policy;
- nurture networks of committed United Methodists who provide peer support and inspire leadership throughout the global connection;
- Celebrate wholeness, the recovery from brokenness.
United Methodist Global Council on Drug and Alcohol Addiction
Persons who serve on the Global Council guide and further SPSARV's annual and quadrennial programmatic work, ensuring effective collaboration among United Methodist agencies and networks. Those serving SPSARV as part of the Global Council are dedicated to SPSARV's vision and are active in substance abuse ministries. Their leadership and creative initiative is invaluable for connecting United Methodists around the world in substance abuse mission.
Each quadrennium SPSARV invites, in accordance with the original church-wide approach that the 1992 General Conference intended, representatives from each church agency and/or board in order to geographically reflect constituents served. Representatives from other select networks are also invited to join the leadership team. For more information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Knowing and Sharing the Power of Christ’s Healing Touch
- Serving all God’s Children inclusive of nationality, gender, race/ethnicity, geographic context, church role, and language
- Using our God-given gifts and talents with excellence
- Empowering the least, the last and lost