The opioid epidemic has reached staggering national numbers, and the number of overdoses on Long Island are scary. Our compassionate Jesus asks us: What can we do to help alleviate the suffering of those stuck in opiate addiction? How can we support families whose loved ones are dealing with this? The Long Island East District of the United Methodist Church is offering this training for laity and clergy interested in hosting a "listening post" - a place where addicts, their loved ones, and anyone concerned about this issue can listen to one another's stories. We hope to have these listening posts set up between now and October, but it all starts getting trained on how to listen! People of all denominations - laity and clergy - are welcome to attend this training on how to run a listening post in your own church. Note: This training will be provided by Long Island Congregations, Associations and Neighborhoods (LI-CAN) - as a part of their listening campaign that will inform their next steps this fall.