In June our A&HT’s Vestry was presented with wonderful ministry opportunity. Alcoholics Anonymous would like to begin a weekday meeting at A&HT to help alcoholics in the Wyoming community and beyond. Our Vestry heard from two members of Alcoholics Anonymous about the program and the need for a noon hour AA meeting with childcare. AA will provide the childcare and is a self-supporting group.
I am thankful and proud of our Vestry for how they handled the opportunity. As rector in the Episcopal Church, it would be easy for me to allow the use of our parish buildings for this purpose. However, I wanted for us to be intentional about being less hierarchical and being more relational with all parties hearing one another.
Alcoholics Anonymous and Episcopal Churches are well known for getting along with one another. That is to say, many Episcopal Churches host AA meetings on their property for many years. It is quite fitting for AA to meet in churches because it is about finding freedom from alcohol from forming a relationship with a higher power. What better place to have that sort of recovery happen than in a church?!