The Sacramentality of a Home

Canadian artist, Timothy Schmalz, created a bronze statue named the “Homeless Jesus.” It’s a life-size sculpture of what appears to be a man without a home, wrapped in a blanket and lying on a park bench. The exposed feet carrying … Continue Reading →

woman with child on a bus

The Way Things Really Work

“It should be the work of God’s people to inject hope and love into such a system to get things working better.”

A Biblical Reflection on Human Trafficking

In an earlier life, I was an ardent thespian. I loved acting and directing plays and musicals, and even managed to get paid for my work from time to time. One of our favorite shows back in the ‘80s was … Continue Reading →

Homelessness to Homefulness

I suppose Eve and Adam were the first tenants to be evicted from their home back at the beginning of Creation. Perhaps back then, grounds for eviction was failure to abide by the landlord’s contract, so they and all their … Continue Reading →

Generational Poverty? God’s Got a Plan for That.

Part of ECF’s charge is to support ministry for our siblings and children among us trapped in generational poverty. Generational poverty differs from situational poverty. Situational poverty is a condition caused by a sudden crisis, like environmental disasters, divorce, job … Continue Reading →

Reflecting on Our Criminal Justice System

I was re-reading the mission of the Episcopal Community Foundation recently, to provide support and financial resources to ministries in our churches and communities that “lift up people facing poverty and oppression.” Specifically, ECF supports efforts around certain areas of … Continue Reading →