The Lutheran Recovery Network

Mission and Vision

The Mission: To connect recovering people in Lutheran congregations nationwide for the purpose of mutual support and to carry the message to those who still suffer.

The Vision: That the Lutheran Recovery Network be a way for Lutherans in recovery to connect with each other for support in their recovery and practice the 12th step—to carry the message to those who still suffer. It would act as a voice within the church that addiction in all forms are destructive and that there is a spiritual path to recovery based in the Christian faith and outlined in the 12 steps. This Network would begin in Bloomington, expanding to the Minneapolis Synod and eventually include individuals from congregations throughout the U.S.  The Network would providing resources, dialogue, and support to individuals and congregations seeking to raise awareness of addiction recovery in their local settings as well as provide mutual support and inspiration.

The Kickoff:
Transfiguration Lutheran Church in Bloomington, MN is kicked off this network in 2015.  They began by having an “Addiction Awareness Sunday”. The Bloomington Cluster sponsored a monthly series of evening talks following the kick-off event. The “Conscious Contact” 11th step style meeting was offered with great success as a break-out group option during the evening events. Information about both follows, along with links to the “Conscious Contact” meeting format and resources.

Addiction Awareness Sunday
January 4, 2015
8:15, 9:30, and 10:45 a.m.
Speaker: Dr. John MacDougall, former Director of  Spiritual Guidance at the Hazelden Foundation
and now Spiritual Care Coordinator at  The Retreat in Wayzata, MN
Come and gain a better understanding of the  illness of addiction and the mystery of recovery.
For more information about these worship services or the  Faith Partners/Addiction Awareness Team of  Transfiguration Lutheran Church, call 952.884.2364.
Healing places for individuals and families touched by addiction are successful  when congregations learn facts, avoid judgments, practice love and apply firm supports.
The Rush Center of the Johnson Institute

Nine-Part Lecture Series at Transfiguration Lutheran Church
Based on the new book “Being Sober and Becoming Happy”

Rev. Dr. John MacDougall, one of the most respected voices in the field of addiction and recovery, presents a series of nine lectures beginning on January 8, 2015.
These talks make the wisdom of the 12 Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous accessible to all people. No addictive behaviors required to attend!
2015 Lecture Dates:  Second Thursdays 6:30 p.m.

January 8,  Staying Sober
February 12,  Spirituality and Recovery
March 12,  Surrender and Trust
April 9,  Practice What Principles?
May 14,  Spiritual Recovery from Trauma and Abuse
June 18 (third Thursday)  Love and Romance
July 9  Hope
August 13  Finding Joy In Life
September 10 Becoming Happy

 All are welcome
 Refreshments and optional discussion groups follow
 Wisdom for Life:  12 Steps for Everyone
Co-sponsors:  The Retreat in Wayzata,  ELCA  Bloomington Conference,  Fellowship of Recovering Lutheran Clergy
“This is about positive transformation for us all, especially those in recovery from any sort of suffering.”
—Dr. George Vaillant, Harvard Medical


Conscious Contact Mission and Vision

The Mission: To connect recovering people to a corporate spiritual experience that meets them where they are in their journey toward God as they understand God—that they might improve their conscious contact with God and thus carry out God’s will for themselves.

The vision: That the Conscious Contact meetings be a spiritual experience that attracts and feeds recovering people in such a way that they improve their conscious contact with God. That this be a communal form of spiritual experience that can easily be replicated and led by lay recovering people in other congregations. Ultimately that it would be established in congregations throughout Bloomington, then the Minneapolis Area Synod, and then nation-wide as part of the Lutheran Recovery Network mission.