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Cathedrals use World Series to raise awareness of human trafficking

Cathedrals use World Series to raise awareness of human trafficking

The Episcopal Cathedrals in St. Louis and Boston are using the World Series as an opportunity to raise awareness about human trafficking, which tends to spike in city’s hosting major sporting events. Here is the press release from Dean Mike Kinman at Christ Church Cathedral in St. Louis:

Christ Church Cathedral in St. Louis and St. Paul’s Episcopal Cathedral in Boston in a World Series Challenge … and together trying to strike out human trafficking

As the World Series kicks off between St. Louis and Boston, the Deans of Christ Church Cathedral, the Episcopal Cathedral in downtown St. Louis, and The Cathedral Church of St. Paul in downtown Boston have challenged one another to raise money for local nonprofits that help women recovering from prostitution and human trafficking … with a personal twist.

The Very Rev. Mike Kinman of Christ Church Cathedral and the Very Rev. Jep Streit of St. Paul’s Episcopal Cathedral in Boston are promoting “Strike Out Trafficking World Series Challenge.” Between now and the start of Game 1 of the World Series, Cardinals and Red Sox fans are being invited to put money in a pot in support of their team. The total pot will go to a nonprofit in the winning city.

If the Cardinals win, the money will go to Magdalene St. Louis — a two-year residential program for women coming out of prostitution, violence and drug abuse, scheduled to open in 2014. If the Red Sox win, the money will go to Amirah Boston, which is dedicated to providing effective, whole person aftercare for survivors of commercial exploitation.

Dean Streit and Kinman each put up $100 to start the pot. The Rev. Manny Faria of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Beverly, MA, and Tricia Roland-Hamilton, Executive Director of Magdalene St. Louis also put in $100 for their respective teams to start the pot at $400. Since then it has grown to nearly $1500. People can make their pledge on the Strike Out Trafficking Facebook page — or by emailing Dean Kinman at mkinman@gmail.com with the team they are supporting and the amount they are pledging.

To make it more interesting, Deans Streit and Kinman have agreed that the losing team’s Cathedral dean will wear the cap of the winning team during their Cathedral’s services the Sunday after the Series concludes — with pictures posted on both cathedrals Facebook pages and websites.

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