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There are 14 comments on More Than Bread Alone

  1. I am really glad that the article mentions that the homeless can receive “outdoor communion”. What that is referring to is the 1pm worship service that Ecclesia Ministries has on the Common (at this worship service they serve Communion). It is open to anyone, but is there really to attend to the homeless population. They have full-time pastors that work and counsel the homeless. It is a very loving and non-judgmental environment. They have Bible studies, movie nights, an art program which allows the homeless to find warmth, food, and a place to express themselves. The art program also allows the homeless to sell their own artwork at whatever price they desire and keep the money that is made when they sell their artwork. Anyhow, Ecclesia Ministries is an incredible gift to the city of Boston. http://www.ecclesia-ministries.org/

  2. I am really glad that the article mentions that the homeless can receive “outdoor communion”. What that is referring to is the 1pm worship service that Ecclesia Ministries has on the Common (at this worship service they serve Communion). It is open to anyone, but is there really to attend to the homeless population. They have full-time pastors that work and counsel the homeless. It is a very loving and non-judgmental environment. They have Bible studies, movie nights, an art program which allows the homeless to find warmth, food, and a place to express themselves. Anyhow, Ecclesia Ministries is an incredible gift to the city of Boston. http://www.ecclesia-ministries.org/

  3. I am really glad that the article mentions that the homeless can receive “outdoor communion”. What that is referring to is the 1pm worship service that Ecclesia Ministries has on the Common (at this worship service they serve Communion). It is open to anyone, but is there really to attend to the homeless population. They have full-time pastors that work and counsel the homeless. It is a very loving and non-judgmental environment. They have Bible studies, movie nights, an art program, etc. What a gift Ecclesia Ministries is.

  4. Hi Caleb

    I have always enjoyed reading your articles, which are always well-written, and I was particularly moved by the article on the book club for the homeless in todays issue. Not only was the story fascinating and heart-warming, but your writing seemed exceptionally sensitive and tuned in to what all of those interviewed were experiencing. I especially liked this paragraph:

    Depending on a person’s circumstances, he realized, the same reality can carry radically different meanings. That the centrifugal forces—jobs, education, health insurance, family, leisure activities—that keep lives pinned safely in place also create a sense of blur. Those standing still, cold, vulnerable, tend to dwell in our margins and blind spots. To see others, we need their definitions, a common link.

    In a previous career as a nurse in the mental health field, I dealt often with those "on the margin" – and this so captures that reality of worlds not connecting, swirling past each other like planets on their own orbit, never to touch. Mr. Resnik and the members of the book club found ways to bring those orbits into alignment at times – a very hopeful scenario.

    Thank you for taking the time to research and write about it.

    Donna Johnson
    Evergreen student of Russian at BU and Boston resident

  5. What a pleasure to meet all these men through this wonderful story. Thank you Rob for saying “hello” to Peter and thank you Peter for having the civility to reply. I am sure neither of you were looking for this attention, but by sharing your story we all have hope restored that as individuals we can make a difference. Reading this story has been so inspiring.

  6. Thank you for your wonderfully well written article! I am a pastor with The Outdoor Church, a street ministry in Cambridge. I also work here at BU in Student Services dept. of Housing. Just wanted you to know that your article rings true to my experiences. Thank you so much for allowing people a glimpse of homelessness they might not otherwise see.

  7. Being a lover of books and a member of a book club, I must say after reading this my heart is blessed!
    I would live to attend one meeting with this book club–what we can learn and share.

    Please keep us updated on this wonderful group–

    Thank-You for sharing!

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