Faithful Responses to the Overdose Crisis

Faithful Responses to the Overdose Crisis

Faithful Responses to the Overdose Crisis
Monday, February 24, 2020 at 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM

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Interfaith Center of New York
475 Riverside Drive
Morningside Heights, New York, NY

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Hanadi Doleh

Building Congregations and Communities of Care

Opioid overdose is both a public health crisis and a crisis of conscience for faith communities throughout the city...While secular civic institutions and health care systems have developed innovative harm reduction strategies to address opioid use disorder and curb overdose fatalities, faith-based organizations remain a largely untapped force in this essential work.  Indeed, many faith communities struggle with a profound sense of stigma around drug use, which may prevent them from recognizing or engaging with the crisis. 

Drawing on the pathbreaking work of the Harm Reduction Coalition’s Faith in Harm Reduction program, the conference will explore diverse theologies of healing and liberation, as well as concrete steps faith leaders can take to more effectively serve New Yorkers struggling with opioid use disorder.  

Together we will build a multifaith healing justice movement that reshapes the moral narrative on substance use, through education, advocacy, and spiritual care centered on the dignity and divinity of all New Yorkers – including those who use drugs.  We hope you can join us!  The conference is open to all religious and civic leaders, as well as health care professionals from all faith backgrounds or none at all.  A $30 donation is requested to help pay for meals and conference expenses, but cost should never be a barrier to participation.

Questions? Please contact Hanadi Doleh, ICNY’s Program Associate for Community Partnerships, at or 212-870-3547.  And click here for directions to the Interchurch Center, at 475 Riverside Drive, between 119th and 120th Streets, in Morningside Heights.

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