I've learned in the past few days that the congregation I served for 21 years, St. John's in Waterbury, CT, has decided, by vote of the vestry, to evict the Greater Waterbury Interfaith Ministry Soup Kitchen and Food Closet.
I have no right to judge that decision since I've been gone for almost four years.
But this I know and know fair well--the Soup Kitchen feeds over 400 people a day and the Food Closet helps hundreds a week. That I know.
And in a place like Waterbury, feeding the hungry is the Mission of God. And the Mission of God is what the church exists to be a part of .
I am stunned, disappointed and broken-hearted that St. John's has reached some point in their communal life when this action seems to be the right one.
The whole time I was Rector, part of the great joy I felt in that position was knowing how many people the Soup Kitchen and Food Closet was helping, in the name of God. That's what I know.
I am not part of St. John's--haven't been for nearly 4 years--and, I am stunned, disappointed and broken-hearted right now about the place and ministry I loved so profoundly and gladly for so long.
Again, I have no insight into what prompted the decision but that doesn't help the way I feel to know what has been decided.
Pray for the folks the Soup Kitchen/Food Pantry served. And pray for the people of St. John's in this time...whatever is going on in that community of faithful Christians....
- ► 2021 (329)
- ► 2020 (335)
- ► 2019 (312)
- ► 2018 (248)
- ► 2017 (248)
- ► 2016 (291)
- ► 2015 (341)
- Things you forget you love...
- The only time I was ever in Germany
- Lazy day
- It's gotten cold again
- Something I've probably shared before but don't re...
- Stunned, disappointed, broken-hearted
- Bern is back! Cahoo! Cahay!
- Beyond priceless....
- Yae Bashem
- Missing Bern
- Frankie's RI wake
- How stuff sometimes works....
- Frank Pisano 1923-2014
- Who knew?
- two more reasons I should be in the Home....
- Most Viewed post by far
- Setting the record somewhat straight
- Second most read post
- 3rd most read post
- 4th most viewed blog
- Fifth most viewed post
- 6th most viewed post
- Kasmir on Christianity
- Losing childhood too...
- Top seven posts
- Losing Kyle
- ▼ March (29)
- ► 2013 (262)
- ► 2012 (120)
- ► 2011 (136)
- ► 2010 (204)