PAA assists Presbyterians as they minister in an increasingly addictive society to restore people to God’s promise of wholeness.
Alcohol Use & Abuse: The Social and Health Effects
Reports and Recommendations of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)
With the broadcast of the PBS documentary, Prohibition, there has been renewed interest in what the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) has said on issues around alcohol use and abuse. While the last major General Assembly policy statement was approved in 1986, the background, theology and recommendations remain a prophetic word to the church and to society. Members of Presbyterians for Addiction Action (PAA) are available to assist your congregation, presbytery, synod and community ministries to "take action to remove the culture of secrecy and shame around addiction and move the issue from the church basements into our church sanctuaries.” Read about the exemplary work of the Faith Partners Ministry of House of Hope Presbyterian Church in St. Paul, Minnesota.
Two reports adopted by the 198th General Assembly (1986) of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)
- Report and Recommendations on the Social and Health Effects of Alcohol Use and Abuse
- Implementation of an Expanded Churchwide Address to Alcohol-Related Problems
The Clergy Education and Training Project®
“The Clergy Education and Training Project® (CETP) is an ongoing program initiative of the National Association for Children of Alcoholics (NACoA). In partnership with major national and regional faith organizations, the CETP works to provide education and tools to help clergy and other pastoral ministers to address the ravages of alcohol and drug abuse — especially the shame and spiritual degradation that harm children and spouses.
The CETP, which began in 2001, has involved faith leaders, seminary professors, credentialing organizations, and pastoral counselors across denominations from its inception.”
Celebrating the Miracle
Worship Resources for Addiction Awareness Services
Use these worship resources for an addiction awareness service with your congregation.
The Congregation: A Community of Care and Healing; Alcohol/Drug Awareness Resource
Basic guide to alcohol and drug addiction ministry in your congregation. This 24 page resource includes how your church can raise awareness about addiction and address the realities of addiction in church members' lives.
Item Number: 25710001, $2.50. Order from the Church Store.
Lifting the veil of secrecy
by Carol Pine
In my own recovery from alcoholism, a wise woman told me, “You are only as sick as your secrets.”
This is true for human beings as well as organizations, including churches.When our committed team of volunteers at House of Hope Presbyterian Church in St. Paul, Minnesota started a ministry in 2004 to address addiction in our midst, we took this advice to heart. And we took action.