Called From Darkness is a six-part documentary series that explores the spiritual and social dimensions of those who find sobriety and authentic community after having lost loved ones to overdose.
Homeboy Joy Ride
The first of six episodes it amplifies the voices of those living in community at Home Boy Industries. And there are five more such communities representing a range of our citizens from rural, suburban and urban America to include former gang members, veterans, and Native Americans.
Step Into the Light
At a synagogue in West Los Angeles there is a treatment center that approaches addiction as a spiritual malady. People come in hopeless and full of self-hatred but when they find meaning, purpose, and connection with community and God, their life is transformed. This is what the Rabbi’s wife Harriet calls the miracle business – the place where people are taught to integrate the darkness and the light.
Native Americans suffer from addictions at higher rates than other Americans which is
Stand By Me
The ethic of leave no one behind is on full display at the yearly Stand Down in San Diego. Addiction, PTSD, and homelessness are by- products of isolation. Each year the community in San Diego puts on a three day event to get Veterans all the services they need to get body, mind and soul together. This love infused bivouac is attended by thousands of volunteers who believe that “those people” are worthy of healing and wholeness.
What is the right response to having your community drowned in a glut of heroin? Community organizers in Chimayo, New Mexico have prayed, processed to a shrine, and petitioned the governor for a field hospital to provide detoxification services. Now they are politically active having, as a community, buried their old and young members because of this scourge.
This island of sanity in the midst of Seattle draws on the ethic that we are all made in the image and likeness of God. Killian Noe sees that the people who have faced addiction and mental health crisis and were humbled by the experience have gained a spiritual knowledge and a joy that is worth sharing. The opposite of addiction is community and here people are encourage to grow spiritually and emotionally with the support of the staff and volunteers.