The Interfaith Community’s Role in Response to the Opioid Epidemic

June 15, 2018

11:00 am - 1:30 pm

IIC Krannert Hall 1100 W. 42nd St. Indianapolis IN 46208


Critical conversations on including the faith community in the Opioid Public Health Crisis.

As the opioid crisis deepens, so must the response of the church, the most underutilized resource in our community. Communities of faith and houses of worship of all faiths are in a unique position to help educate families about the disease of addiction, the stigma, talk about prevention, and to be a conduit to recovery. We play an invaluable role of providing support to families who have lost loved ones and to those suffering from this disease. It is time to embrace those recovering from addiction and to nurture their spirits helping them achieve their God given potential in a judgment free environment. We must we willing to speak openly, honestly and continually about this subject. We ask all leaders of the faith community, chaplains, youth ministries, addiction counselors and social agencies in Indianapolis and surrounding counties to attend.

Indiana Interchurch Center ~ Krannert Hall, 1100 West 42nd Street, Indianapolis, Indiana
Please RSVP by June 11th to:
For more information contact Andrea Boutselis at 317-941-0401

Pastor Greg Delaney, Business Marketing (cum laude) Wright State University, is currently Outreach Coordinator for Statewide Alcohol and Drug Treatment Center in Woodhaven, Ohio. He is a Faith PARTNER with/ the Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine’s Statewide Outreach on Substance Use as well as Attorney General Patrick Morrisey of West Virginia’s COMBATING ADDICTION with GRACE initiative. Greg also serves as the HOPE DIRECTOR for “Reach for Tomorrow Ohio” a non-profit community organization located in Highland County, Ohio where he leads a coordinated effort to educate churches, faith and community leaders about trauma and human trafficking. Greg also serves as a FAITH partner to many of Ohio
Governor Kasich’s Faith-Based Initiatives including the #LOVEEPIDEMIC and is a presenter and contributor to the FAITH-BASED EFFORTS of the Center for Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships in Washington D.C. Greg is also the Founder and Recovery Coach for the JEREMIAH TREE, a
Greene County Ohio non-profit ministry dedicated to community assistance and recovery housing and serves on many boards including Ohio Citizens for Advocacy and Addiction Recovery. Greg has been married to his wife Elizabeth for 29 years and is father to Hillary (26), Samantha (22) and Ian (16).

Justin Phillips, MA, MA Clinical Addictions Counseling, Founder and Executive Director of Overdose Lifeline, Inc. an Indiana 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization which has been on the front-lines of the opioid epidemic since 2014 designing and deploying programs and initiatives and serving as a national and statewide non-governmental subject matter expert addressing the opioid public health crisis.

Reverend Andrea Boutselis, is a graduate of Christian Theological Seminary where she received her Masters of Divinity. She is ordained through the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). She completed her clinical pastoral education residency at Methodist, Riley and IU hospitals. She is currently working as a chaplain at Orhodindy Hospital. She has been an advocate for and has worked with women in recovery in Indianapolis for over 20 years and is currently a trained volunteer facilitator for “Parents of Addicted Loved Ones” (PAL) a faith based organization that believes in the power of prayer.

Speakers include: Rev. Dick Hamm, Vice President for Seminary Advancement, Christian Theological Seminary and State and Local Leaders

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