Join us for the Homeless Sabbath
Your House of Worship
No one should be Homeless for the Holidays
Monarch Housing Associates is proud to be part of a group of caring and concerned people from non-profit agencies and interfaith congregations – Community Access Unlimited, Elizabeth Coalition to House the Homeless, Family Promise of Union County, HomeFirst and the Union County Interfaith Coordinating Council – who are asking the faith community to join in a first annual Homeless Sabbath Weekend. The Sabbath Weekend will be a multi-faith “call to action” take place on December 16-18, 2016 on behalf of all people who are homeless in Union County.
Congregations are asked to participate in the Homeless Sabbath Weekend by including prayers and readings in their service(s) held on December 16th, 17th and 18th, 2016, at their respective house of worship. On this weekend, we will collectively pray for all homeless people and for the commitment to end homelessness in our community.
“The Homeless Sabbath is a unique opportunity for the Interfaith Communities in Union County to not only to pray for our homeless neighbors but also to begin to take steps to end homelessness in our community,” said Reverend Howard Bryant of Townley Presbyterian Church.
Many of us will prepare for the upcoming holiday celebrations in our homes and congregations and it is important that we remember the many individuals, families and children who do not have a home for the holidays or throughout the year.
The Sabbath Weekend will specifically align with the “Homeless Persons’ Memorial Day Vigil,” which will be hosted by Holy Cross Lutheran Church, 639 Mountain Ave., Springfield, NJ, on December 21st at 7 PM.
“The weekend of the Homeless Sabbath was selected as it is only a few days prior to the longest night of the year. On that night, December 21, we will hold a vigil to remember all homeless people who died in the past year because they had no place to call home,” said Linda Flores-Tober, Executive Director, Elizabeth Coalition to House the Homeless.
A variety of resources are available to assist with planning a Homeless Sabbath in your congregation.
- Talking points about homelessness
- Universal prayers and diverse faith-based materials regarding homelessness
- Information on the “Homeless Persons’ Memorial Day Vigil” December 21, 2016 7 PM, Holy Cross Lutheran Church 639 Mountain Ave. Springfield, NJ.
- Sample Bulletin Insert, and
- Homeless resources in Union County
- Contact us via email
- Or call Claire at 908-272-5363 x 234 to let us know if you will be participating.
- Follow or join the conversation on social media use this hashtag: #HomelessSabbathN
Joining part in the Homeless Sabbath Weekend and the Homeless Persons’ Memorial Day Vigil can help give our homeless neighbors a voice. Please give them a voice, hear them, help them.
Join the conversation on twitter.