THOUGHT Provide a contextual, historical, and justice-oriented frame for the work of addressing the housing crisis in our diocese. This frame should help our diocese understand the scope and nature of the crisis, the economic and community implications of the crisis, and provide a forward-looking understanding of the impact on western Oregon if positive and proactive action is taken.
WORD Describe how the work of this group will deepen, strengthen, and renew our capacity to live into Jesus’ commandments.
DEED Provide resources, methods, and approaches our faith communities can use to understand the crisis, and which will help us take practical steps to address the challenges this crisis presents.
“For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and
you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in,
I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me,
I was in prison and you came to visit me.’“
- Causes of Homeless in Oregon, by Cass Cole
- National Alliance to End Homelessness’ State of Homelessness 2022 Edition: Nationwide, Oregon
- Leaven Community Land & Housing Coalition
- Open: Adventures in Radical Hospitality, by the Rev. Sara Fischer
- Grace Can Lead Us Home: A Christian Call to End Homelessness by Kevin Nye
Dear God, in whom we find our home, you are our shelter and our strength. For those who have no earthly shelter, we pray for nothing less than safe spaces to call home. For those who have earthly shelter, we pray for the grace to see Christ in every person. Forgive us; we live in a land of abundance, yet basic needs are out of reach for many. Cultivate in us defiant hope that, even in this time and in this place, your power working in us can do more than we can ask or imagine. We ask in the name of Jesus, the Son of Man, who had no place to lay his head. Amen.
St. Michael & All Angels, Portland
St. David of Wales, Portland
St. John the Evangelist, Milwaukie
The Rev. Jennifer Creswell
St. Andrew, Portland
The Rev. Sara Fischer
Ss. Peter & Paul, Portland
St. Martin, Lebanon