The Faith Community’s Response to the Overdose Crisis

“I cried to you for help”
Psalm 30:2

Tuesday, May 21, 10am-3pm
First Universalist Church
169 Pleasant Street, Auburn, Maine


-Advance Registration is required-

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More than one Mainer a day dies from an overdose—they are our children, our parents, our sisters and brothers, our friends, our co-workers, and our congregants. 

For too long, our churches have been places where this problem is either ignored, whispered about, or discussed with the toxic theological language of shame, sin and stigma.

At this day-long workshop, faith leaders (clergy and laity) will: learn about the science and the stories related to substance use disorder, harm reduction, compassionate care, overdose prevention, criminal justice and public policy; hear about churches in Maine already involved in responding at the local level; get trained in administering naloxone and receive free NARCAN to keep in an emergency kit at your house of worship.

Presenters will include:

  • Jesse Harvey, Church of the Safe Injection                        
  • Rev. Lara Campbell, First Parish UU, Kennebunk
  • Chief Bob MacKenzie, Kennebunk Police Department
  • Survivors, parents and members of the recovery community
  • Rev. Erica Poellot, National Harm Reduction Coalition
  • Rev. Carie Johnsen, UUCC, Augusta
  • Kenney Miller, HEAL                                                      
  • Rev. Carolyn Lambert, Woodfords UCC, Portland

Sponsored by The Maine Council of Churches

Made possible by a generous grant from Open Society Foundations