by The Rev. Kathleen Kelly, Canon Evangelist
A great many people are bemoaning the fact that they didn’t foresee the dramatic economic changes of recent months. There are so many possible fronts for regret: Why didn’t I move that money into a lower risk investment? Why didn’t I look for more secure employment before I was out of work? Why didn’t I save more when I could and give myself a cushion? If you suffer from these or any other kind of regret, you may have quickly replied to the title question, “No, sadly, I have NO gift for prophecy.”
I can safely say, however, that anyone reading this IS a prophet! St. Paul defines a prophet as anyone who speaks to others for “…their building up and encouragement and consolation” (1 Corinthians 14:3, NRSV). Prophecy is not about predicting the future; it is about calling others into the best possible future. It is about pointing out a way when others see no way. Such prophecy is our shared calling as Christians: People who proclaim that a living, loving God was revealed in Jesus Christ and remains active in our lives.
Our local community greatly needs our prophetic voices in present times. In the last two years, homelessness in Sacramento has increased by 14%. Every single day, St. John’s Shelter for Women and Children turns away about 200 people. The Salvation Army’s shelter for men has a waiting list of 150. Thankfully, the Sacramento County Board of Supervisors has voted to preserve funding for current shelters, despite severe strain on the budget.
How are you called to be a sign of hope in the midst of such challenges? Here are some possibilities:
Are you called to serve the next time Trinity hosts Family Promise Week? Between August 9 and 16, Trinity will host up to four homeless families in the Great Hall and adjacent rooms for one week. This collaboration with other area parishes allows homeless families to save up for more permanent housing. The program needs cooks, meal hosts, evening hosts and overnight hosts. Check the three-sided kiosk in the Great Hall for information and sign-ups.
Are you called to join the Rally and March for Safe Ground? On July 1 at 10:00 a.m., the Winter Overflow Shelters will close, and the last load of folks staying there will return to North 12th and Ahern Streets. Loaves and Fishes, Francis House and the Homeless Organizing Committee will lead a march to claim some safe ground where those with no place else to sleep may at least pitch a tent without being arrested, and receive needed services from the many who would be pleased to donate them. If you want to be a part of this effort, come to 12th and Ahern on July 1.
Are you called to express appreciation to the Board of Supervisors? Here is how you can contact them:
Roger Dickinson, firstname.lastname@example.org
Jimmie Yee, email@example.com
Susan Peters, firstname.lastname@example.org
Don Nottoli, email@example.com
Roberta MacGlashan, firstname.lastname@example.org
Find the best way to make yours a voice of hope. Be a prophet!