More than four in 10 teens who have misused or abused a prescription drug obtained it from their parent’s medicine cabinet. This weekend, you have an opportunity to keep your kids safe and do your part to curb the prescription drug abuse epidemic.
Join us and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) this Saturday, April 26th for the DEA’s eighth National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day, an opportunity for people all over the country to safely and properly dispose of their prescription drugs. Through previous DEA Take-Back Day events, over 3.4 million pounds of medication have been removed from circulation and kept out of kids’ hands.
With thousands of disposal locations set up around the country, dropping off your pills is easy and could save lives. Join us and the DEA this Saturday.
Need help? Call the Parents Toll-Free Helpline 1-855-DRUGFREE (1-855-378-4373)
Each week, we highlight stories from our newsfeed on Prismatic. No account is required to see what we think is worth reading, so visit our profile often! We update it daily so there is usually something new to check out. Here is a sample of what we liked this week:
The Real Value Meal from The University of Florida Blog
April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month, and the theme this year is “Making Meaningful Connections.” What better way is there to connect with loved ones than sharing a meal together? There’s a popular saying that goes, “A family that eats together stays together.” But this is actually more than just a saying—lots of research supports this claim!
Stations of the Cross in store windows from Episcopal News Service
A few years ago, the Rev. Bur Dobbins, rector of Church of the Annunciation, Luling, read a newspaper article about the Stations of the Cross being read on the London Underground. An artist had designed a booklet to read the 14 Stations of the Cross as the subway traveled from station to station. With that memory, this year, it occurred to Dobbins that the people of Annunciation could place the Stations of the Cross down the busiest street in Luling
Maundy Thursday 2014: The History Behind The Holy Thursday Before Easter from The Huffington Post
Maundy Thursday is observed by Christians on the Thursday before Easter, which falls this year on April 17. "Holy Thursday," as it is also commonly known, marks the Last Supper of Jesus Christ with his apostles prior to his betrayal, trial and crucifixion as portrayed in the Christian gospels.
Let us know which articles you liked (or didn't) in the comments!
If you would like more information about the conference 'Reclaiming the Gospel of Peace' recently held in Oklahoma City, I think these are your two best sources:
"Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you"
-Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori
For a full transcript and original source, visit the Episcopal News Service.
Click here for a complete listing of our resources related to this conference.
Reclaiming the Gospel of Peace:
An Episcopal National Gathering to Challenge the Epidemic of Violence
April 9 - 11, 2014
As Episcopal Health Ministries CEO, I participated in a panel discussion at this conference entitled 'Episcopal Responses to Violence'. Panelists included:
- Alex Baumgarten, Episcopal Church Office of Government Relations
- Vinny DeMarco, Faiths United to Prevent Gun Violence
- Brother James Dowd
- Matthew Ellis, Episcopal Health Ministries
- Julia MacMahon, B-PEACE for Jorge from the Diocese of Massachusetts
- Kay Collier McLaughlin, author, Diocese of Lexington
In my comments in the panel presentation, I mentioned resources and Episcopal involvement in the following areas:
Episcopal Diocese of Indianapolis:
Bullying Prevention: Creating a Culture of Acceptance took place on Saturday, March 9 2013. The program was sponsored by the Children's Resource Group, Peace Learning Center, The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, Indiana State Teachers Association, and the Arts Council of Indianapolis. The Resources listed are from the symposium.
The 216th Annual Council in 2011 passed R-4a, which called for the bishop to appoint a ministry team to collect, assemble and offer resources to support parishes and individuals in their anti-bullying ministries. This resource is a result of that work. A hard copy of the resource binder is also available by contacting the diocesan Office of Christian Formation (800-DIOCESE x1031). Paper copies of the resources will also be provided to Church Schools and to each region of the Diocese.
EHM Resources (7)
Intimate Partner Violence:
St. Barnabas, Monmouth Junction, NJ: Ongoing collection of goods for shelter
St. Alban’s, Spirit Lake, IA: Resources page
Bishop Dietsche, Diocese of New York: Statement on Domestic Violence
Episcopal Church of the Resurrection, Centerville, UT: Speakers from the Utah Domestic Violence Council and the law enforcement community will address the audience about common concerns encountered by victims and tell of community resources available to help victims and families, a news release from the church states.
Calvary Episcopal Church, Williamsville, NY: Family Justice Center - www.fjcsafe.org; The Family Justice Center provides free services for domestic violence victims and their children through an extensive collaboration with 13 partner agencies housed in one secured, comfortable location, where victims can get all the services they need to safely escape abuse. Calvary worked with the Family Justice Center and other organizations, churches and volunteers to open a Northtowns satellite location. Calvary has made a financial commitment to this project.
Brides’ March (2009): Women dressed in bridal gowns, and men, many clad in black, walked to mourn victims of domestic violence. Candles were lit as the names of victims of domestic violence were read. The Rev. Joel Almono of Grace Episcopal Church led a prayer, followed by a moment of silence. The ceremony concluded the walk, which is held annually in memory of Gladys Ricart, a Dominican immigrant, who was murdered on her wedding day by her estranged boyfriend 10 years ago in New Jersey. North Andover, MA
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Older Adult Ministries Task Force: Aging is Changing Guide: Elder Abuse
Episcopal Diocese of California: Policy for the Protection of Elders and Dependent Adults
St. Luke’s, Vancouver, WA: Resources and link for local elder abuse reporting
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Ministry to Returning Veterans:
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