"The Council for Social Service has had the privilege from time to time of publishing the Reports of studies made concerning issues which are related to the Council's work. The Report of a Special General Synod Committee on Narcotic Addiction is one such. The Bishop of Ottawa [the Rt. Rev. Ernest S. Reed], as Chairman of the Committee gathered together a group of specialists who, over a period of years, gave careful consideration to this problem. Once again the Church has performed a service for the whole community. The Report of the Committee was received most favourably at the Annual Meeting of the Executive Council of General Synod meeting at Hamilton, in September 1960. The resolutions arising out of this Report form a part of this Bulletin. Executive Council requested The Council for Social Service to publish the Report in full `for information and future study'. This Bulletin is the result." -- Intro.
Contents: Narcotic Addiction : A Report Prepared by The General Synod Committee on Narcotics -- Resolutions Adopted by Executive Council of General Synod September 1960 -- Some Recent Additions to the Library.
"For a handful of women who have hit rock bottom, Cameron House is the closest thing they'll ever have to a family. Now, with the help of the Rev. Cathy Stone, they are also finding something to believe in". "Cameron House is a once-grand Gothic Victorian building in what used to be an affluent neighbourhood in Peterborough, Ont. Run by Brock Mission, a non-denominational Christian charity, it first opened its doors in 1996. Clearly Cameron House has seen better days, but about 10 women who have nowhere else to go consider it home. Some are struggling with addictions or have fled abusive relationships; some have been sent by other social agencies that have given up on them. For many, Cameron House is the closest thing they'll ever have to a family, and Stone, a.k.a. 'Church Lady', is one of its loving members. A deacon at St. Barnabas Anglican Church, Stone is also executive director of the Rural Outreach Committee (ROC), an emergency shelter funded in part by the FaithWorks program of the Anglican diocese of Toronto". "Since May 2008, Stone has been 'bringing church' to Cameron House". "The group [at Cameron House' began with a Christianity 1010 course that included prayer, worship, Bible study and discussion. They decided to work their way through 'The Twelve Steps for Christians' used in Christian drug and alcohol rehabilitation centres, and The Life Recovery Bible, which contains scripture-based resources. Today a steady group of 8 to 10 women meet Wednesday evening at Cameron House to talk about God and their lives, over a cup of coffee and a plateful of desserts. ... 'Every one of us suffers from addictions', says Stone. It doesn't have to be to substances. It can be computers, work, selfishness, pride, religion. Anything that separates us from God'". "No that Stone has brought church to the women, some of them have, in turn, gone to St. Barnabas church. Stone picks them up at Cameron House every Sunday and then drives them back after the service. She credits the church's incumbent, the Rev. Eugene Berlenbach, and the congregation with making the newcomers feel at home".