Webinar on responding to the opioid crisis to be led by James Benedict

A webinar titled “Continuing the Work of Jesus: Responding to the Opioid Crisis” will be offered on Sept. 21 at 2 p.m. (Eastern time) and Sept. 23 at 8 p.m. (Eastern) with sponsorship from the Church of the Brethren Discipleship Ministries. Content will be the same on both dates. Presenter James Benedict, with more than 30 years of experience as a pastor in the Church of the Brethren, is a scholar in residence at the Center for Global Health Ethics at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pa.

James Benedict in front of a bookshelf
James Benedict

“Over the past two-and-a-half decades, the misuse of opioids (both prescription and non-prescription) has increased dramatically, leading to a staggering number of addictions and deaths,” said a description of the event. “The opioid crisis has touched individuals, families, and communities throughout the United States with tragic consequences. As followers of Jesus the Healer, Christians are called to respond to this crisis and make a difference in the lives of those affected and endangered. This webinar will review some of the background of the crisis, discuss the current situation, and explore ways congregations and individuals can promote healing for addicts, support families, and prevent addictions from developing.”

The one-hour webinar is free. Ministers seeking continuing education credit may earn 0.1 credits. Register for the Sept. 21 session at https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJMsdeqqrTsoE9RdhxBvSW3Aub1_Iag_1R3q . Register for the Sept. 23 session at https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJcude2qqj8iEtKsoja0LXgRKctE8RtrXXfH .

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