We just received a phone call with wonderful news from Miranda, a mother who was in care at Titus 2 from August 2014 until May 2015, when she transitioned to outpatient aftercare, living in a family transitional home in hopes of getting her child back. She stayed there until she was able to move to an apartment in September 2015. In October 2015 she regained custody of her daughter.
I have continued to ponder Phyllis Tickles’ thesis on the 500-year-cycle of transformation of the church….This interview with British sociological academic Linda Woodhead, specialising in the sociology of religion, gives some insights into the last century of changes in religious beliefs, practices, and influence on society.
One common theme that is expressed by women coming into recovery is “avoidance of conflict”. They have often observed significant conflict in life- parents’ domestic violence, verbal or physical abuse directed against them or siblings, sexual violence, financial abuse by “friends”, abandonment, etc. The usual “fight or flight” instinct may have been shorted out so that their default becomes immobilization or self-destruction. Resilience, overused to exhaustion and worn to a frazzle, fails altogether, like metal fatigue, The absence of personal responsibility and a sense of powerlessness also means that they are usually unable or unwilling to hold others accountable, too. Unless they regain the ability to stand up for themselves, doing so in the context of what is right, according to agreed upon rules and values, and within God’s will, they will continue to either be used by others or use others, an addiction far worse than chemical dependence.
As cloudy skies cleared, hundreds of people gathered Saturday morning at Lynn Haven United Methodist Church for breakfast, prayer and commissioning for their day of service, City Serve 2016. A work team of 10 people arrived shortly after 8:30 Saturday morning, April 16th, as part of the church’s community-wide service outreach day to tackle a variety of identified projects assisting Titus 2 ladies and staff with spring cleaning! The Titus 2 residence has been undergoing continuing renovation including removal of a chimney and installation of vinyl siding. With that work almost completed, there was a lot of clean up to do.
Members of the Tyndall Officers Spouses Club visited Titus 2’s recovery residence last week for a tour. Rev. Terry Rodriquez, a member of the club and wife of TAFB Wing Chaplain, Rev. Ishmael Rodriguez, accompanied them. Rev. Terry is the Chaplain at Titus 2 and teacher and mentor to the students. After touring the home, the club members met in the classroom with students who shared their personal testimonies. Program Manager, Cathy Byrd, provided additional information about the program and answered questions from the group.
All snakes are copperhead diamond back water rattlers….” LOL! This was recently voiced as the opinion of someone with an aversion to snakes…… Some of the reptiles in our ecosystem though, are harmless. Some are even quite beneficial. The fact that there are varying degrees of potential threat that might come from an encounter with a snake doesn’t make a difference to many. Learning to tell the difference might not change things…The snake might still get killed if found in the wrong place by the wrong person.