Church Offers Help and Hope in Fight Against Opiate Addiction

By Rick Wolcott* The Addiction Policy Forum reports that 144 people died in the United States every day in 2016 from a drug overdose. “This is an epidemic unlike any other,” said Elaine Georgas, executive director of the Alcohol and Drug Addictions Services (ADAS) Board of Lorain County.  “If more than 52,000 Americans died last [...]

Promoting the Understanding of a Black Theological Perspective

Black Theologian Day is October 14 By Will Jones* The late Bishop James S. Thomas initiated the first Black Theologian Day, during his time as episcopal leader of the East Ohio Conference, to promote the understanding of a Black theological perspective to a primarily Caucasian denomination in the United States. All East Ohio Conference clergy [...]

Church Holds Service to Remember Lives Lost to Addiction

The Cuyahoga County medical examiner’s office reports that “at least 187 victims have died from heroin/fentanyl or in combination” in the first four months of 2017, compared to 140 who died during the same period in 2016. Those sobering statistics were at the root of Pastor Harlen Rife’s decision to hold a memorial service for [...]