Two long-time LifeRing volunteers carried our message to the Southwestern School for Behavioral Health Studies Conference in Tucson, AZ. The event ran from Aug. 20-23. Tim Reith (pictured), a LifeRing board member and meeting convenor in Tucson headed the effort, helped by former LifeRing board member Chet Gardner. Tim reports:
I think things went pretty well. … There seemed to be some interest in secular alternatives. Many people stopped by and commented that so many clients/patients are requesting CHOICE. Many people at least took brochures and some other free hand-outs that we had.
I had a very interesting discussion with a Native American who started out in AA and now has a group of his own that is sort of like AA but not quite. He talked about the two wolves that reside in each of us: The white wolf and the black wolf. Now does that sound familiar? :-) I wound up donating two books to him for his tribal group in the San Diego area. I have his email and website and I plan to keep in touch with him. We must have talked for nearly an hour. I think the Native American population is a promising one for LifeRing. They have a “spiritual” concept, but it is more like the spirit that resides in each of them. I think we could work with that.