Thursday, May 05, 2005

Of churches and community programs

I just got ahold of a document published by the US Dept of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), available online. I haven't had a chance to read it carefully, but one stat jumped out at me as I glanced at it:

Only 57% of congregations report involvement in some type of service or community involvement (broadly defined).

Yikes. Here's the URL:
http://www.huduser.org/Publications/PDF/faithbased.pdf

Our group continues to work. We've met with community officials, and are working with them to create a "plan." Neighborhood cleanups are in the works, as are fund raisers, picnics and programs geared toward helping people get jobs (or better jobs). My mantra these days is that this is all about relationships. If we don't build and maintain relationships with our neighbors, this will go nowhere. Programs will get us nowhere without relationships. And frankly, even if programs alone DID work, our faith should still guide us to focus on relationships.

1 Comments:

Blogger Swan said...

Why don't you post about your group anymore?

8:27 PM  

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