Almost 3000 people are estimated to be homeless in the Birmingham area. Firehouse Shelter can house more than 175 men. More than 90% of their clients leave their programs for permanent or transitional housing, or for needed medical treatment.
Firehouse Shelter is the only agency in the area that serves three hot meals every day to its homeless guests. (There will be hot food - more than just slaw and cookies - Wednesday night).
This is one of those things that the United Methodist Church does; a program to help those less fortunate, whatever the reason, without judgment.
Earlier this month Tea Party founder Judson Phillips posted this on his blog. You can read his entire hateful and misinformed post here.
When I was in Washington this past Friday, I walked by the United Methodist Building, next to the Russell Office Building. The sign in front of the United Methodist Building said, “Pass the DREAM Act.”
I have a DREAM. That is, no more United Methodist Church.
He goes on to label the UMC the "first church of Karl Marx." He criticizes the Methodists for being anti-war, for promoting a healthy nation and for allowing Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to be a "member in good standing".
Never mind that Jesus was a socialist, who advocated for the poor, who was deemed the prince of peace, and who welcomed all.
As United Methodists we do our part to improve the world, to promote peace, and are concerned about those who are less fortunate, and then act on that concern.
Phillips' blog post is just another Teabagger rant that we should read, in order to be informed, but then ignored.Contact Discovery UMC or me if you want to lend a hand by cooking some food or serving on Wednesday.