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ADVOCACY


Based on The United Methodist Social Principles, Gambling Recovery Ministries takes on the role of advocate for a wide variety of social concerns with regard to gambling issues.  In advocating for those affected, directly and indirectly, by problem gambling, GRM strives to serve as an advocate in the following ways:

• generate and increase public awareness of pathological gambling
• promote and provide programs of prevention and education about gambling addiction and recovery issues
• advocate for quality treatment and encourage support groups for problem gamblers and their loved ones in the State of Indiana and points beyond
• support and encourage the efforts to stop the expansion of legalized gambling throughout Indiana
• encourage and play a supportive role for other United Methodist Conferences in their efforts to initiate minsitries to problem gamblers

United Methodist Social Principles

 Paragraph 163

G) Gambling—Gambling is a menace to society, deadly to the best interests of moral, social, economic, and spiritual life, destructive of good government and good stewardship. As an act of faith and concern, Christians should abstain from gambling and should strive to minister to those victimized by the practice.

Where gambling has become addictive, the Church will encourage such individuals to receive therapeutic assistance so that the individual’s energies may be redirected into positive and constructive ends. ….

The Church’s prophetic call is to promote standards of justice and advocacy that would make it unnecessary and undesirable to resort to commercial gambling—including public lotteries, casinos, raffles, Internet gambling, gambling with an emerging wireless technology and other games of chance—as a recreation, as an escape, or as a means of producing public revenue or funds for support of charities or government.

Advocacy Links:

Indiana Coalition Against Legalized Gambling