Homeless Sabbath Events Provide Congregations Opportunity to Show Faith in Action
During the weekend of December 14-16, 2018, multi-faith congregations in Union County, New Jersey will participate in a multi-faith “call to action,” the Third Annual Homeless Sabbath Weekend.
Tap into sites across Union County have reported on both the Homeless Sabbath Weekend and the Homeless Memorial Vigil which will take place on Thursday, December 20, 2018 7 pm at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Plainfield.
- Click here for coverage of plans for the Homeless Sabbath Weekend in the Tap into Scotch Plains/Fanwood.
- Click here for coverage of the Homeless Sabbath Weekend in Tap into Summit.
- Click here for coverage in Tap into Clark.
- Click here for coverage in Tap into Cranford.
- Click here and here for coverage of plans for the Homeless Sabbath Weekend and Homeless Memorial Vigil in Tap into Plainfield.
- Click here for coverage in Tap into Westfield.
- Click here for coverage for plans for the Homeless Memorial Vigil in Tap into Clark.
- Click here for coverage in Tap into Kenilworth.
The Homeless Sabbath Weekend offers congregations the opportunity to show faith in action by bringing attention to their neighbors experiencing homelessness.
Congregations will collectively pray for all homeless people and for the commitment to end homelessness in our community.
Participation in the Sabbath means sharing a prepared prayer or reading as part of a service, holding a drive for blankets or other necessities, performing a short play or incorporating the theme of homelessness into a holiday display or live scene.
Registered congregations will receive materials to help make their participation as simple as possible during this busy holiday season.
Community Access Unlimited, Elizabeth Coalition to House the Homeless, Family Promise of Union County, Gateway Family YMCA, HomeFirst, Iris House, the Urban League of Union County, the Union County interfaith Coordinating Council and Monarch Housing are organizing this year’s Homeless Sabbath Weekend on behalf of all people who are homeless in Union County.
Last year, almost twenty-five congregations from across Union County participated in last year’s Sabbath and the goal this year is to increase participation to fifty congregations.
The Homeless Sabbath Weekend event aligns with “Homeless Persons’ Memorial Day Vigil,” hosted this year by St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 1430 Park Avenue in Plainfield, NJ on December 20, 2018 at 7:00 p.m.
The Vigil will take place the night before December 21 is the longest night of the year and is a time to remember all people experiencing homelessness who died in the past year due to their lack of shelter or care.
We are encouraging all who will be attending the vigil to bring donations of new mittens, scarves and hats for families and children.