How should we, as Christians and as a church, be responding to the homelessness crisis in North America?
Sparrow ETTER CARLSON is grateful to be able to spend her days in her neighborhood at the Aurora Commons and at home with her husband Andy and two kids, Cedar and Kipling. Sparrow is Co-founder of the Aurora Commons in Seattle, WA. Prior to that, she Co-founded the Green Bean Coffeehouse (a non-profit cafe). Most recently, Sparrow, in partnership with University of Washington/Harborview Hospital, created and launched the Safe, Healthy, Empowered (SHE) Clinic: an accessible, kind, non-judgmental, quality health care clinic for female identified people who sleep and work along Aurora Avenue. All of these movements were created and are currently curated by a community of folks that, together, long to midwife spaces where precious human beings from all walks of life can live as though we belong to one another. Lisa has been living with intention towards her neighbors who are unhoused, drug dependent, and involved in street based sex work for more than 15 years. She is a member of the City of Seattle Adult Survivor Collaborative (ASC) and is a proponent of harm reduction, safe consumption facilities, and loving absurdly. Sparrow has a Masters of Theology and Culture from Seattle School of Theology and Psychology
Her newest expression of care is called, Sacred Streets.
There are gaping wounds in our policies, structures, and hearts that contribute to precious people dying. We, as Christians, must engage in more than just public discourse, prayer, and lament.
For the majority of their day, people experiencing homelessness are not welcomed anywhere. They are ignored, abused. Here at the Commons, we are trying to change that.
In this post I explore the tough reality that folks who have slept outside most of their lives face when they get housing. I hope this invites discussion on the role of the church during these sorts of transitions.
I would love to hear your thoughts...
beautiful. thank you for crafting this.posted on: Chaplain Prayers: Homelessness and Poverty
Karl- thank you for engaging my musings. Its good to know of your existence too! I am currently in a group of urban practitioners from across the US, led by Joel VanDyke- he mentioned you may be...
Thank you Doug. Sending you care...posted on: Loving People Where They Are At