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Speaking to the Soul: Well-meaning Christian

Well-meaning Christianity can provide an opportunity to “Seek the Lord while he may be found” in our actions towards our fellow beings, but having a plan and following through will make that well-meaning Christian impulse that much more effective.

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Speaking to the Soul: Come and See

This is an invitation to Nathanael to leave whatever perspective he has been inhabiting, to come away from it and enter into a place of receptivity. “Come. Put aside your preconceived notions. Make room in your heart. Come away from whatever has limited you and made you impervious. Open up.

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The Son of Man finds a new place to lay his head

“While the church and city leaders have shown their approval of the statue, Mebane said he expects that, once the sculpture takes its place in the park – a peaceful location that also is popular with the homeless of Buffalo – it could stir up some controversy.”

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How a UMC church kept the homeless off church porches – without sprinklers

Our item on a Catholic cathedral’s use of sprinklers to deter the homeless from sleeping in its doorways received attention here at the blog and on our Facebook page.

Mount Vernon Place United Methodist Church in Washington, D.C. took a different approach.

A couple of months ago, we started a dialogue around how to move people off the porches of the church and assist them in moving on. Over the years, the protected and secluded porches had become sleeping quarters for a […]

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San Francisco Catholic cathedral’s method of deterring homeless brought to light

KCBS in San Francisco reports:

KCBS has learned that Saint Mary’s Cathedral, the principal church of the Archdiocese of San Francisco, has installed a watering system to keep the homeless from sleeping in the cathedral’s doorways.

The cathedral, at Geary and Gough, is the home church of the Archbishop. There are four tall side doors, with sheltered alcoves, that attract homeless people at night.

“They actually have signs in there that say, ‘No Trespassing,’” said a homeless man named Robert.

But there are no […]

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from Harvard to homeless, one person’s story

Check out this podcast from Church of our Savior in Mill Valley, CA Kai Charles Forest offers a firsthand account of facing the reality of homelessness, the terror of being severed from community, and the potential healing power of seeing the homeless as fully human.  Definitely worth your time to hear about the experience of being a cultural leper in modern America.

 

You can check out the manuscript from Kai Charles Forest

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Random Acts of Pasta

What would you do with your never ending pasta pass from Olive Garden? Matt Tribe of Utah has been getting a lot of attention on the Internet and in the press for using his pass to feed the homeless, and then posting a video about it and creating a website to talk about it. Internet cynics have been quick to criticize the video. Some have dismissed it as viral marketing for Olive Garden. Others have said the fact he posted it on […]

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