Heavy rain and rush hour traffic could not keep the more than 60 Faith & Family Homelessness Project team members from their Fall Gathering at Seattle University’s Casey Commons on Monday October 15. Members from the 14 selected faith communities traveled from as far north as Arlington and southeast as Puyallup to spend the evening sharing and learning from each other.
To kick off the evening, Seattle University’s School of Theology and Ministry’s Dean Mark Markuly and Assistant Dean Michael Trice offered the team members sincere appreciation and gratitude for their hard work and dedication to homeless families in the Pacific Northwest region.
Participants were treated to opening comments offered by Rabbi Alan Cook, Temple De Hirsch Sinai and Pastor Dave Rodes, Puyallup Nazarene Church. Reflecting on how participation in the FFH project has begun to transform their congregations, Rabbi Cook and Pastor Rodes shared concrete examples of how congregation members are embracing the FFH project by finding ways to truly “see” the problem of family homelessness in their neighborhoods and communities. Throughout the evening, team members brainstormed ways their congregations and communities could work together, and looked for opportunities to leverage resources and assets to help families who are experiencing homelessness.
Over the next 9 months the FFH faith communities – 8 Christian, 3 Jewish and 3 Muslim from King, Pierce and Snohomish Counties – have committed to use their social and political will as a force for changing cultural and societal attitudes, behaviors and policies that surround the crisis of family homelessness. Follow the Faith & Family Homelessness Project Blog to keep up on this exciting project!