Blessed are the Poor

So do we give the homeless person begging for some spare change? Yes. Will that person use it to buy food? Maybe not. [Read more…]

My People: The Gubbio Project

A few weeks ago I wrote a post about the Cathedral in San Francisco using water spray to keep homeless people from sleeping in the doorways of the Church at night.   The archdiocese took a lot of grief over this—in my opinion, well-deserved—and eventually turned them off. Now I have come across a story (H/T [Read More…]

“I Was Hungry”

ON Wednesday Evenings, I feed the homeless of Berkeley at a Lutheran Church near the Cal campus. I started doing this about a year and a half ago when a friend of mine, who was then just back into Alcoholic Anonymous meetings and sobriety after many years out, recommended the experience. Doing this has changed [Read More…]

Vox Nova at the Library: Beyond Homelessness

A few weeks ago I turned in the final version of the index for Brian Walsh and Steven Bouma-Prediger’s new book, Beyond Homelessness: Christian Faith in a Culture of Displacement. Compiling an index for a book is tough work, but one of the benefits, of course, is that you get to read the book several [Read More…]