Submitted by Rev. Kim James
Pastor, First United Methodist Church, Ogden, Utah
"Ending Child Homelessness" was on the minds of clergy and laity gathered on the afternoon of Feb. 2, at the Midvale Road Home shelter for homeless families in Salt Lake City. This interfaith gathering included some local political leaders and drew the attention of print and television news media. Rev. Elizabeth McVicker, pastor of SLC First UMC and Centenary UMC was one of the speakers. The press conference was organized by the Coalition of Religious Communities, a Utah-based interfaith organization that advocates and lobbies on behalf of the poor.
CORC's 2017 emphasis is "Ending Child Homelessness" in Utah, and over 30 congregations of various types signed up to include this theme in their Feb. 3-5 worship services. CORC has scheduled "Faith Days" at the Utah State Legislature every Tuesday and Thursday during February. United Methodist Faith Day is Feb. 23. At 10 a.m., United Methodist clergy and laity will gather in the state's Senate Building for a brief educational session. Then the group will walk over to the Capitol Building and engage legislators on topics related to reducing and ending child homelessness.