This year marked the 26th anniversary of Spiritual Renewal – an annual event co-sponsored by the Homewood Volunteer Association and the Homewood Foundation for patients, alumni, family and friends of Homewood’s Addiction Medicine Service (AMS). Spiritual Renewal aims to reconnect people with the “spirit of recovery”; approximately 550 people attended. The evening included a fellowship service, a sobriety count-down, several inspirational recovery stories and plenty of singing. As always, it was an emotionally moving event for many.
Homewood Research Institute (HRI) was pleased to participate and facilitate two activities at the event including a Sobriety Tally and a Spiritual Word Cloud. Here are some of the highlights:
Each year, a Spiritual Renewal Sobriety Count-down, an activity which spotlights the years of sobriety in the room, begins by recognizing attendees with the most years of sobriety, followed by a count-down to those who have been in sobriety for just one day. Each person was asked to provide their sobriety dates upon arrival. HRI helped to tally up these numbers and present them in a way that tells the collective story. In the end, the group celebrated the following:
- 1,247 sober years
- 14,971 sober months
- 448,133 sober days
- 10,779,201 sober minutes
- And an astonishing 51,740,169,942 (estimated) sober heartbeats!
There was much to celebrate with such extensive recovery experience in the room!
Spiritual Word Cloud
The HRI team also generated a word cloud that summarized answers to the question, “where do you find your Spirituality?” Before the ceremony began, patients and alumni at Spiritual Renewal provided one-word responses to this question. Participants watched as answers accumulated to build the word cloud on large monitors. The most common responses were Nature, Family and Myself, respectively. Using a word cloud helped capture important data in a way that was simple, ‘real-time’ and interactive with the discussions at the event, while allowing results to be shared with all in attendance.
Spiritual Renewal 2016 was a moving display of the strong support, fellowship and spirit of recovery shared annually by those in attendance. The HRI team was honoured to participate in this inspiring event.