Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Memorial Service

Today I'm working at the Homeless Memorial Service at Beneficent Church, downtown. The purpose of the service is to celebrate and respect the lives of anyone who died without housing this past year. Family members and members of the homeless community come together in memory of those lost. Details available at Beneficent Church.

UPDATE: Today's service was beautiful, but difficult. It was difficult to see a church filled to the brim in memory of way too many people who died while being homeless. 30+ names were read, but it felt like 3,000. I'm paraphrasing, but Rabbi Alan Flam said it well: "We are all members of the human family and because of that we have a responsibility to take care of one another."

The Providence Journal noted the service in their news blog (including a nice photo), and a brief video of bits of the service can be found here.

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