We are members of congregations of the Eastern Ohio and Western Reserve Associations that are tired of seeing our friends, family and neighbors dying from opiate addiction. We raise our prophetic voices to let those who are addicted, and their friends and family members, know that they are No Longer Alone.
If you are interested in becoming a partner in this Prophetic Witness team, please email Rev. John Werner or call him at 440-213-4745.
Our purpose shall be to provide education centering around what faithful people can do to raise awareness around the current opiate crisis. We shall raise awareness within our churches, program districts, associations, conferences and national setting that the issue of opiate use is a theological imperative that the church must address. We ascribe to the sentiments found in Micah 6:8 that we must speak out for justice, love our fellow neighbors by showing mercy, and walk humbly together through mutual love.
Plan of Action
We seek to provide education for clergy and laity alike within the Eastern Ohio and Western Reserve Associations of the United Church of Christ. We seek to provide training for both prevention and awareness believing these two components are key in addressing the opiate epidemic that has brutalized our communities. We realize that we must also affirm the children who have been left behind from this epidemic and help to encourage local members of congregations to support these children through scriptural plea, “to take care of the orphan”. We will advocate for local foster care programs and provide support and assistance as possible within our associations. We seek that there be two persons designated in each congregation to be points of access to foster local congregations into the understandings of what it means to be faithful persons engaging in prevention and education within the scope of the current opiate crisis.