Rochester Pastors Gather to Address Opioid Epidemic

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Churches work to be more welcoming towards addicts

For many addicts, church may carry with it a stigma of guilt and shame. Fortunately, pastors in Rochester are gathering this week to address this issue and learn how church communities can be more welcoming to those who are struggling with addiction.

As reported in the Democrat and Chronicle, Rev. Ronald Gibson of Church of Love Faith Center in Rochester explains, “There’s a possibility that many people who are in a church are not saying anything because of the embarrassment and stigma of addiction. We want to be able as a church community to say that we are dropping this stigma. We want you to know when you come, you can bring your addiction here. You can bring your family problems here. You can bring your grief. We just want to be part of the community of support.”

To learn how to be more understanding and welcoming, leaders of churches in and around Rochester formed Churches United to Combat Addiction. The organization is scheduled to host its first conference from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Jan. 27 at Church of Love Faith Center, 700 Exchange St. Pre-registration is required.

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To learn more about how pastors in Rochester are addressing how to be more welcoming to people struggling with addiction, please visit Democrat & Chronicle.

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