Homewords, the Beacon blog

08/01/2017 - 2:40pm
The following is an article that appeared in the July issue of Connect, the newsletter of Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Minneapolis and Minnetonka.   By  Pastor Bob Wertz We continue to be extremely grateful to members in both Minneapolis and Minnetonka who have recently donated...
07/20/2017 - 4:46pm
By Joel Bergeland The following article originally appeared on the blog of Mount Olivet Lutheran Church in Plymouth on July 14. A booklet has sat on my desk for several months called “Home is…” It was given to me by a staff member of Beacon Interfaith Housing, the parent...
07/20/2017 - 11:28am
My family lives about 12 miles from the church that we attend – Edina Community Lutheran Church.  When my daughters were quite young and they were restless when driving to church, we would play a game that we called – Count the Churches.  It was amazing how many churches they...
07/11/2017 - 9:57am
The following article appeared in the May 2017 issue of Inspire, the newsletter of Wayzata Community Church in Wayzata, MN.  Wayzata Community is one of a number of West Metro congregations working to make Cranberry Ridge possible. Were you aware that there are now more homeless people in...
07/06/2017 - 10:14am
 At the May 16 Convening event, Rabbi Jill Crimmings shared why creating homes is important from a Jewish perspective. This is the second in a series of blog posts from religious leaders sharing what it means to have a home according to their faith tradition.   Our congregation is...
07/05/2017 - 10:36am
The following article appeared in the June issue of the Anchor, the newsletter of House of Hope Presbyterian Church in St. Paul.  House of Hope was instrumental in the building of Prior Crossing.   House of Hope is grateful to the volunteers who helped to make Prior Crossing a...
06/22/2017 - 4:34pm
When Beacon Interfaith Housing Collaborative (formerly Plymouth Church Foundation) was building Lydia Apartments for tenants with mental health challenges, neighbors were so unhappy about the plans that they picketed the church every Sunday morning. Times have changed! The North Loop Neighborhood...
06/22/2017 - 4:05pm
Here are a few links to articles about the lack of affordable housing. Twin Cities Public Television  recently produced a documentary called, Sold Out: Affordable Housing at Risk.  It recently aired on TPT and  is now available on their website, so you can watch it at your leisure...
06/15/2017 - 9:39am
I was  moved to tears recently by the favor and blessing that was received by a guest in our Southwest program. Danielle Coplen and her family were here with us for far longer than is typical because of their family size (which is 8) and also the size of the obstacles that they had to...
06/12/2017 - 2:59pm
Being homeless is not easy, but it is even more difficult when you are homeless with a child.  It becomes even more challenging when that child is a special needs student.  This is what Jenny is facing today.  Jenny is a guest at Families Moving Forward-Southwest in Chaska. ...

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