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Stanley Campbell, director of Rockford Urban Ministries (RUM), has been invited to deliver the message “Making Money Off Your Friends’ Addictions” at 9:30 a.m., Sunday, July 27, at Durand United Methodist Church, 102 Main St., Durand (north side of downtown Durand).
Durand United Methodist Church is one of the 22 member congregations of RUM and has been very supportive of the work camps program, which invites volunteers to help low-income families do repairs on their homes.
Durand United Methodist Church is well-known as one of the congregations that provides a monthly “free day” where people donate their unwanted items, including clothing and furniture, and invite those who are in need of these items to pick them up for free.
Campbell will address the addictive nature of certain people and how it is a miracle that people can overcome these addictions.
“Recent research shows that 60 percent of humans have a risk for alcoholism that is genetically determined,” Campbell said. “Frequent alcohol and drug use changes the way the brain operates, creating a psychological need.”
Campbell expresses disapproval that major corporations and local businesses may try to take advantage of the more susceptible addict.
“Cigarette marketing is the best example, as well as the worst, of an industry making money off its customers,” Campbell said. “Of course, gambling institutions search for those more susceptible.”
Campbell will relate stories from the work of RUM, which he directs. RUM is an outreach of the United Methodist community. It helped shut down a pornographic book store and one of the worst liquor stores on Seventh Street, transforming it into a fair-trade store with a wind generator on its roof.
RUM has also opposed casinos in Winnebago County, primarily because of the possibility of increasing local gambling and addictions.
Campbell suggests that businesses that make their money off addictive substances should pay society’s cost for having them available. Anyone who desires counseling for any addiction should be able to receive it immediately.
RUM can be reached at (815) 964-7111. The July 27 Sunday morning service is free and open to the public.
Posted July 16, 2014