by: Gillian Ford
contributor: Deb Meyer, Director of Servant Ministry
What are you doing with the opportunities that come to you with the beginning of a fresh, sparkling new year? 2019 is like a blank canvas on which we may, in faith, live out our deepest values through commitment to that creative adventure. It’s an opening to re-engage with activities that bring our lives purpose and meaning as well as explore new involvements. A favorite quote of mine any time of the year, attributed to Theodore Roosevelt is,
“Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.”
His words remind us that we all have gifts, talents, skill, time and financial resources that can be used, and are needed, for the flourishing of our communities.
Trinity has a long history of service caring for the needs of under-resourced neighbors including significant endeavors that provide shelter and create stable housing. That legacy continues strong moving into 2019 as demonstrated by response to the Giving Tree for Beloved Community Village last month! Gifts through Trinity are providing stable transitional housing for 8 of the 12 residents being displaced for two weeks due to the move of the Village over zoning restrictions. That’s amazing! Thank you to all who gave, and to the many who stopped after services to speak with Cole and Amanda from Beloved Community (pictured above with Deb Meyer). They were encouraged in their work by our hospitality and compassionate vision to see neighbors housed. Read more about Beloved Community Village and the efforts of area faith leaders to develop creative solutions to homelessness.
While the data can be overwhelming when we assess the large gap that exists for all to be housed across the front range, we can always do something to be part of God’s compassionate transformative presence in the neighborhoods where we worship and where we live. In addition to inviting you to watch for more serving and giving projects I hope you’ll consider joining me in an upcoming learning opportunity:
- Participate in a Facebook Live discussion of Matthew Desmond’s Pulitzer-winning Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City at 5:30pm on January 15, hosted by Colorado Coalition for the Homeless. Join the book club group on Facebook here.
- Get a free ticket and attend Community Forum: Can We Fix the Affordable Housing Crises on January 23rd at 6:00pm at 2111 Champa Street.
Here’s to expanding our legacy for service in and with our communities in 2019 putting our faith into action doing what we can, with what we have, where we are!