Keeping Faith In Recovery

Chuck Blair the senior pastor at New Church Live and two members of his congregation, Rob Nash a member in the long-term recovery community and Mary Haney the mother of a child that died from an overdose, came to speak to us today about faith and recovery. New Church Live is a Christian church that opens its doors to anyone. This church provides a space for people who have been affected by addiction to find support and hold an annual service that speaks directly about addiction and recovery.

I felt that I connected with these speakers the most thus far this semester because I’m someone that believes that God heals all who seek it. There message was strong and Pastor Chuck Blair does a really good job conveying a message of recovery. Nash said he had broken 9 of the 10 Commandments by the time he was 19. Nash is now 70 years old and he uses this ministry as a way to share his story. Hanley also talked about how she use this ministry and how she passes out blessing bags throughout the city.

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Jacob Martin

Student athlete Jacob Martin is a junior journalism major in the School of Media and Communication at Temple University. Over the three years he has been a Temple student, he has developed as a skill for journalism design. As he embarks on this new journey in solutions journalism he seeks to particularize his ability in solutions journalism writing. Jacob has not been personally affected by addition but knows that this is one community that needs to be brought to light. He is very thrilled to be apart of this solutions journalism team and cannot wait to help put an end to the negative social connotations that surround addiction. Contact Jacob at

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