EMPTY SHOES, LOST LIVES DEMO
SATURDAY, 17th JUNE@3.00PM
I have become more and more aware of our homeless in Belfast down through the years.
Fitzroy have partnered with Homeplus in our local area with some of our congregation doing work on the streets.
Then Damian McNairney introduced me to the People's Kitchen, showing us around their new buildings in the old bank at Carlisle Circus. The 4 Corners Festival Knitters contributed hats to their work.
At the last 4 Corners Festival the Westcourt Centre Camera Club put on the Never In My Wildest Dreams Exhibition (see some work at the top of this blog), working alongside residents in supported accommodation in Rosemount House. It was an eye opener for me, just months after a summer when we lost too many people on our streets.
In Belfast for the most part it is not drug takers who are homeless. The drug dealers are infiltrating our homeless, leading them into addiction and sadly suicide.
Desmund Tutu has said, "There comes a point where we need to stop just pulling people out of the river. We need to go upstream and find out why they are falling in."
For me it is easy when we pull people out to concentrate on them. When we ask why they are falling in then we find the spotlight on ourselves and the society we live in. We are complicit in the falling in before we are a help in the pulling out.
Jesus of course told it straight. It is those who care for the homeless who will be welcomed into eternal life. That care should never be at the point of pulling out but way further upstream.
Let us ask questions of our politicians at Stormont on Saturday!