Now in the middle of its third year and thanks to the ongoing support of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the school?s Faith & Family Homelessness Project continues to reach hundreds of people of faith within the Puget Sound region, through relevant and timely workshops, presentations, and its project blog. (You can visit the blog, and subscribe to it for updates, here.) Here are just a few updates from the past month or so of the great work of faculty, staff and students as a part of this special social justice initiative, seeking equity for all people as well as the end of family homelessness in our region. (Pictured right: the school's project staff Hannah, Sheila, and Lisa)
Check out a recent article published by Seattle University?s own student newspaper ?The Spectator,? here.
A longtime school partner, and now energetic supporter of the Faith & Family Homelessness Project, is The Church Council of Greater Seattle. The school and council work together to gather people of faith who want to help their congregation more effectively serve and advocate for families who are without housing. On December 7th, a hundred people gathered on the Seattle University campus for a special event--Faith-Based Solutions to Family Homelessness: What?s next for Your Congregation??that gave attendees a chance to talk one-on-one with people of faith who have removed barriers to successfully move people out of homelessness. During the gathering, two sessions were held--with six workgroups to choose from. A short video, online here, shares a bit about the event with perspectives and reflections from attendees and presenters. (Pictured left: Michael Ramos, Executive Director for The Church Council of Greater Seattle facilitating at the Faith-Based Solutions workshop. Pictured right: Participants from the poverty workshop work together on an exercise)
A priority of the project is to feature faculty, student and partners? voices for justice as a part of the Faith & Family Homelessness discussion. Some recent blog entries are highlighted here below, from special members of our learning community. Click each link to read more!
- The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, Dr. Mark Taylor, Ph.D., Professor and Director of Worship, Seattle University School of Theology and Ministry
- Paradox and Flaw: The Challenge of Accompanying Those on the Margins, Jaime Ysalas, Navy Veteran and recent graduate of the school's MA in Transformational Leadership
- Walking in their Footsteps: A Poverty Simulation?s Call to Solidarity, Justin Almeida, student in the school's Master of Divinity-Chaplaincy track
- Homeless to Renter (H2R); A Model of Congregational Initiative and Collaboration, Sue Covey, Temple Beth Am
- One Home Landlord Campaign, Committee to End Homelessness in King County
Watch the blog for future updates about new tools that YOUR congregation can use to help make homelessness rare, brief and one time for the over 30,000 students in Washington State. Get blog updates right to your inbox, via this sign up form online, here.