Tag: homelessness

Daily Practice for August 4, 2016

Daily Practice for August 4, 2016

Word: Today, I literally woke up wondering where I was going to park this morning. Parking is important in Seattle. Governed by tickets and permissions and prices and parallels. It is definitely a privilege. Even in the small neighborhoods where one would expect parking to be free, it is controlled by permissions and length of time. Two hours? Four hours? Red lines on curbs, yellow lines. This seems like a stupid thing to spend my energy on. Especially when my primary energy expulsion should be on preparing for my training class. And yet, there it is. It must be so hard to be folks that cannot afford parking. In Kirkland, WA, there is a program called the "Safe Parking Program" at Lake Washington UMC. They open their parking lot for homeless people who have cars (i.e. living in t...
Daily Practice for June 30, 2016

Daily Practice for June 30, 2016

Word: Today, I am nearly at a loss for words! That happens so rarely for me. :) One of the youth I have worked with over the years is homeless and on the streets and I am frustrated. Their story goes like this. This youth was adopted as a young person. They are of Latinex, First People, and other ethnicities. They lived in a small town but were unmanageable. They spent years going in and out of mental institutions and group homes. Then, eventually, wound up in juvenile detention. They stabilized. As they stabilized, they realized that they were transgender. At the age of 18 and at the end of their sentence, they aged out of detention. To where? A homeless shelter in King County. I don't even know why they were sent to King County. They are not from there at all. I thought peop
Wakefulness: Is this all there is?

Wakefulness: Is this all there is?

spiritual practice, Spirituality
Wakefulness is the day where we focus our spiritual practices on being present to the transcendent within our midst. But what I'm aware of today is that being aware of the transcendent can be viewed as a privilege. Tonight, I was meeting with some men at the Emergency Winter Shelter. When I was leaving, one turned to me and said, "Pastor, can you answer a question for me? Nobody has answered it satisfactorily ever." "Sure," I said. As I adjusted to another seat so I could listen more closely. "Is this all there is?" Now, I'm aware that for a man in an emergency homeless shelter, this is a profound question. He has nothing. Deeper inquiry led to the revelation that there is probably only one person he might love other than himself. I said, after a while, "The Kingdom of God is within y