Justice Ministries

“Justice is what love looks like in public.” …Cornell West

A committed group of St. Mary’s parishioners has come together to live our Christian call to justice. As the Rev. David Erickson phrases it, the goal of justice ministry is “to address systemic evil with systemic good.” Justice goes beyond charity to address the systems that cause and support injustice. In addition to feeding the hungry, for instance, justice asks that we identify and address the sources of hunger.  Justice invites us to recognize the incarnate Christ in everyone and actively live our Baptismal covenant to “strive for justice and peace among all people and respect the dignity of every human being.” If you wish more information or to be included on the Justice Ministry e-mail list, please contact Margaret Stafford, or David Crosson.

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Community Ministries in Action for Senior Housing

Over 50 St. Mary’s parishioners and friends (including all current and two retired clergy) have shared photographs of themselves in support of Faith in Action Bay Area’s (FIABA) No Senior Without a Home Initiative. More than 150 people from 70 congregations participated in the city-wide summit on July 21st to learn about the initiative and commit themselves to further action.

 Now you are invited to attend a virtual meeting with the San Francisco Supervisors at 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, August 11th. The action is occurring live, virtually, and via video from Grace Cathedral, and Bishop Mark will open it with his presence, support, and prayer. Will you join us?

To attend, please register HERE. Share this invitation with your friends and neighbors; you can also watch the event live on our Facebook page. 

It is critical that we have 500 people (20 from St. Mary’s!) participating in this action to demonstrate the breadth of support throughout San Francisco, including relatively privileged faith communities, like ours.

Meanwhile, please email your own Supervisor and the Supervisors on the Budget Committee to encourage them to attend and tell them to support Faith in Action’s “No Seniors Without Homes” campaign! Click HERE for instructions on how to email the Supervisors and a link to the invitation we sent them. (Also, see attachments.)

That is the basic information. Here is the background.

For the last year, FIABA has been fighting to win more funding for rent subsidies that go directly to individuals, so they can afford to stay in their homes— starting first with the most vulnerable seniors. Now, with the COVID and economic crises, even more people are at risk. We know there is not enough truly affordable housing, and that it will take years to build more. We know that, with mass shelters closed, people who lose their home—most of them seniors and people of color–will wind up on the streets.

FIABA is asking the City to place currently homeless seniors in hotels now and keep them there until permanent housing is found. We are also asking the City to increase its existing program of individual rental subsidies to keep the most vulnerable— who are mostly Black and immigrant seniors paying more than 70% of their income in rent—in their current homes. Make no mistake, this is a matter of racial justice. We believe this is the morally necessary and most practical solution for the housing crisis we face, and we hope it will show the way to protect all people and reclaim our city for everyone.

On August 11, we will present our research, share our demands, and ask the Supervisors to commit to our plan for no seniors without homes. Please join us, and write to the Supervisors to make sure they attend! 

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