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Special Project | Dealing with Addictions at the Holidays

  • Part 1: Guide//5 Helpful Tips for Staying Sober During the Holidays
  • Follow these basic tips and you can have a wonderful and happy sober holiday season.
  • Part 2: Advent//Deepening Our Commitment to Recovery
  • Having struggled through the dark in our addictions, why not spend these weeks of light … renewing our commitment to recovery?

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Part 1: Guide//5 Helpful Tips for Staying Sober During the Holidays

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The truth is that sometimes, the holidays can just be tough. But you don’t have to go in blindly. Follow these basic tips and you can have a wonderful and happy sober holiday season.

Beth Leipholtz, the Fix

12/10/18 | For some people, the holidays are a joyful time that is looked forward to all year long. For others, this isn’t the case. Sometimes the stress of traveling, gift-giving and time with extended family takes a toll and can be daunting – especially, perhaps, for those in recovery from substance use disorder.

The truth is that sometimes, the holidays can just be tough. But you don’t have to go in blindly.

https://www.thefix.com/sites/default/files/styles/medium/public/DSC_0079.jpg / Beth Leipholtz: Beth is a Minnesota girl who got sober at age 20. By day she is a website designer, and in hersparetime she enjoys writing about recovery.

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Part 2: Advent//Deepening Our Commitment to Recovery


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Haven’t we struggled through the dark in our addictions and now live inside truth’s illumination? So why not spend these weeks in spiritual reflection and renewing our commitment to recovery?

Kerry Neville, the Fix

12/12/18 | Advent, from the Latin, adventus — “a coming” — is, for Christians, the season celebrating Jesus Christ’s impending birth and his second coming after his death. The liturgical readings over the four weeks are centered on hope, preparation, joy, and love. It is also the season of the Advent wreath and its four candles, one lit successively each week, and of the Advent calendar and its 25 chocolates secreted behind twenty-five cardboard windows. Reflection and prayer, sweetness and light: the dark illuminated by remembrance and anticipation.

When I was drinking? The season for wanton indulgence: cranberry cosmopolitans, eggnog, mulled wine, and Irish coffees. Parties and booze and blackouts and hangovers. Superficial, carnal pursuits superseded any spiritual meditative pleasures. How many Christmas Eves did my then-husband and I spend slogging wine into the wee hours while last-minute wrapping gifts, crankier with each downed glass? And then the wretched hangover on Christmas mornings when our kids, wiggly with Santa excitement, woke us at dawn — “Get up! Get up! Get up!”— and how we dragged ourselves from bed, desperate for ibuprofen and coffee?

https://www.thefix.com/sites/default/files/styles/medium/public/kerry-neville.jpg / Kerry Neville teaches at Georgia College and State University. She is the author of two collections of short fiction, Remember to Forget Me and Necessary Lies. Her work has appeared online in publications such as the Washington Post, the Huffington Post, and the Fix.

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Preaching on Climate Change: Why it Matters

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 / Climate change is not going to affect me; it’s someone else’s problem. The challenge is too enormous; there’s nothing I can do about it, so why should I think about it? Photo by Getty/BenGoode

Learn about the benefits of preaching on climate change and educating yourself about the issues this catastrophe presents.
Related: Federal Climate Report Predicts At Least 3 Degrees Of Warming By 2100.

Jim Antal, Utne

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https://opimedia.azureedge.net/-/media/images/utr/editorial/articles/online-articles/2018/08-01/climate-church-climate-world/climate-church-climate-world-book-cover-jpg.jpg / August 2018 | Preaching on climate change matters for two primary reasons that are in tension with one another. First, preaching on climate change matters because people don’t want to hear about it. Second, preaching on climate change matters because people know they need to take action to address it.

There are many reasons people give for not wanting to hear about climate change, especially in church. Here are a few: Living day to day is already hard enough. Church is supposed to give me rest and refreshment and to recharge me for the next week. Climate change is not going to affect me; it’s someone else’s problem. The challenge is too enormous; there’s nothing I can do about it, so why should I think about it? I come to church to be inspired, not to be depressed. Climate change is a political issue; politics doesn’t belong in church.

Jim Antal is a denominational leader, climate activist, author and public theologian, in addition to being an Associate Fellow at Vermont Law School's New Economy Law Center. He serves as Special Advisor on Climate Change to the General Minister and President of the United Church of Christ.

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Related:

Federal Climate Report Predicts At Least 3 Degrees Of Warming By 2100. Alexander C. Kaufman and Chris D’Angelo, HuffPost

https://img.huffingtonpost.com/asset/5bf5b7842100009b06ca28c4.jpeg?ops=scalefit_720_noupscale / The scorched remnants of Paradise, California. John Locher/Associated Press

  • The White House’s decision to release the report over the holiday weekend is likely to bury the sobering new findings.
  • This article has been updated with comments from a climate scientist and a responsefroma NOAA spokeswoman.
  • Before You Go: What Climate Change Just Might Ruin

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Dark God Matters: When the Church Tries to Whitewash Black and Brown ...

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Contemporary churches of different ethnic and racial makeups still teach and preach a whitewashed Christianity-one that is invested in maintaining institutional racism.

Sam Kline, Patheos

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October 21, 2018 | If you visit a church and see the image of White Jesus, it is most likely symbolic of the whitewashed Christianity you have on your hands. If you choose to run like mad before church service begins, I can’t blame you.

A church building might not display pictures of White Jesus, but He might be “hidden in their hearts.”
Contemporary churches of different ethnic and racial makeups still teach and preach a whitewashed Christianity-one that is invested in maintaining institutional racism.

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Open letter to the US Catholic bishops: It's over.

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This time, it has to be different. Bishops, the prolonged abuse scandal would suggest that you've not done very well taking stock of yourselves.
Editorial Staff, National Catholic Reporter (NCR)
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Nov 9, 2018 | Dear brothers in Christ, shepherds, fellow pilgrims,

We address you as you approach this year's national meeting in Baltimore because we know there is nowhere left to hide.
It's over.

All the manipulations and contortions of the past 33 years, all the attempts to deflect and equivocate — all of it has brought the church, but especially you, to this moment.

It's over.

National Catholic Reporter (NCR) is a religious news source with worldly interests, and though a large amount of its reporting deals with issues of the Catholic church, an equal amount of its coverage is a marriage of the religious, political and social forces shaping public policies and institutions.

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