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“Homeless No More”

Pentecost reminds us of our true identity as the children of God and brought us into a new community as the body of Christ.

By Bill Hall, National Director, Canada

Recently, I had the opportunity to attend the Saskatchewan Homelessness Conference. For two days I listened to presenters talking about the causes of homelessness and what is being done to address the plague of homelessness.

I was again reminded that homelessness is the symptom of many issues. That any one of us could find ourselves in the same situation given our life circumstance. Or as one speaker said, “When life life’s us.” Many times, addictions cause homelessness. Yet, there is always something behind those addictions. People don’t just wake up some morning and say, “Hey, I want to be addicted to drugs or alcohol.” Their addictions are a way of coping with the times when “Life life’s us.”

But what are some of the solutions? Time, and time again, I heard the mantra of reclaiming one’s “identity” and the importance of “community.” In a first nation’s context, this means trying to keep people in their smaller isolated communities, instead of having them become lost in a larger urban centre, away from their family support systems.

During that conference I heard the terms of “identity” and “community” in relation to those who find themselves homeless, but these are things all humans deal with.

For those of us who are versed in God’s written word, the theme of identity and community fill the pages of the Old Testament, starting with the story of our first parents, Adam and Eve. Before “the fall,” Adam and Eve had a firm identity as the children of God, and community referred to humankind in relationship with the God who created them.

When they rejected that community or relationship, they also lost sight of their identity. Instead, they sought a different identity and community of their own making.
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One thought on ““Homeless No More””

  1. Thank you for this, Bill. It seems to me the obvious application of this thought is that we should, as much as we are able, and perhaps as an organized effort, work to bring identity and community to everyone. Particularly, even, the homeless. Food for prayer.

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