Grounded in the vital faith of those whose traditions call them to respond to those living on the margins, Good Faith congregations invite you to join in simple prayer each day in the month of December for persons who are marginalized and often homeless:
But you, O Lord, are gracious and full of compassion, slow to anger, and full of kindness and truth.
Turn to me and have mercy upon on me; give your strength to your servant; and save the child of your handmaid.
Show me a sign of your favor, so that those who hate me may see it and be ashamed;because you, O Lord, have helped me and comforted me.
Let us pray for God’s grace, compassion, mercy and strength both for those without homes and those in whose power it lies to provide them safe and secure dwelling places that hatred and shame may cease, that help and comfort may be ensured. (Based on Psalm 86)
Prayers are posted on Good Faith at Facebook.
JOURNEY FOR JUSTICE – Faith communities in the District are signing a Resolution that will result in a COVENANT to be presented to the new mayor in January:
The undersigned congregations shall:
- support actively public efforts and programs to provide temporary and permanent affordable housing to all in need;
- monitor aggressively the progress of such programs and focus public attention on any shortcomings;
- work energetically with other organizations and individuals to deepen awareness and broaden participation in the reduction of homelessness;
- continue to be forcefully engaged in efforts to reduce the plight of families, children and individuals who are homeless in the District of Columbia.
The Mayor of the District of Columbia shall:
- make the issues of homelessness and affordable housing for families, children and individuals a priority in each year of the administration;
- define priority status to include comprehensive program planning, timely implementation, on-going evaluation, public reporting on progress and funding adequate to the needs.
This covenant summons the conscience and commitment of the signers to address the serious problems of homelessness and affordable housing in the District of Columbia.
WE CAN AND MUST DO BETTER!
Encourage your congregation to participate! John Hisle, email@example.com, 301-325-8437.
Helping Families Home Roadmap: Report Card on DC’s Progress in Helping Homeless Families. DCFPI, December 9, 2014.