“I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you gave me clothing, I was sick and you took care of me, I was in prison and you visited me.’” Matthew 25:35-36
A few Cathedral Outreach Ministries
Showers of Blessings – In our flagship outreach ministry, we offer showers, clothes, and haircuts to our neighbors who do not have homes. First United Methodist Church provides a hot breakfast each month. Volunteers are needed to support the offerings and spend time in fellowship with our neighbors. This ministry continues in an abbreviated form during construction.
Peace and Justice – As Christians, we worship a God who we believe is passionate for justice and who desires peace and wholeness (“shalom”) for the whole creation. Our Episcopal catechism tells us that our duty to our neighbor includes a duty “to show respect for the life God has given us; to work and pray for peace; … to seek justice, freedom, and the necessities of life for all people.” (BCP p. 848). The Peace and Justice Ministry of St. Paul’s Cathedral seeks to encourage and assist the members of St. Paul’s in carrying out this duty and in serving the God of justice and peace. In conjunction with Chapter the Peace and Justice Ministry formulated the Principles for Social Justice (view here).
Fair Trade – As a Fair Trade congregation, St. Paul’s promotes the use of Fair Trade products whenever possible. Fair Trade supports artisans and farmers with small businesses to make a sustainable living. You may purchase Fair Trade coffee, tea, chocolate, olive oil and nuts after services the 1st and 3rd Sundays of each month, and at the Alternative Gifts EXPO in December. We also serve Fair Trade coffee and tea at our hospitality functions.
Simpler Living – Simpler Living seeks a Christian response to the environmental crisis and our excessive consumerism by living more simply and sustainably in home, church, community, and the world. As creation care stewards, we educate and advocate for a healthier and more vibrant environment, now and for future generations. We sponsor film screenings with slow-food potlucks; coordinate a cathedral CSA delivery; organize workshops; work with Cathedral staff to “green” St. Paul’s; and organize involvement with events like Earth Day.
For more information on any of these ministries or Outreach at St. Paul’s in general, please contact email@example.com.