Every Christian knows the story of the Good Samaritan. But how many of us remember the man on the side of the road who needs attention?
Our region is overwhelmed by people on the “side of the road” due to addiction to opioids. We have a choice. Like the religious leaders who ignored the man on the “side of the road,” we can walk on by and pretend the problem and the people don’t exist. Or, we can do something about it.
The Holy Friendship Collaborative is a long term vision to produce networks, resource sharing opportunities, and new publications. Clergy, clinicians, congregations, educators, non-profit leaders, recovery program leaders, and neighbors are called and are coming together in Holy Friendship.
The people “on the side of the road” are counting on us!
The mission of the Holy Friendship Collaborative is to inspire the Church in our region to follow the Biblical mandate to meet people in distress wherever they are and extend to them Christ’s redeeming love. This can be seen in our efforts to mobilize the Christian community to address addiction. We plan to educate and nurture networks of individuals, congregations, clergy, health care practitioners, and health care institutions who will join together to discern Biblically-inspired ways to promote health, wholeness, and wellbeing, and care for those who are suffering.