Wednesday, June 8, 2011

June 9, 2011

Sunday we honoured the St. Paul’s Foundation. Almost forty years ago the congregation agreed to purchase the apartments next door. Part of the seller’s intention was that they would continue to be operated without consideration of race, colour or creed, and that rents would continue to be income dependant. St Paul’s was faithful to that understanding. Several members of the church gave tremendously in time and energy to manage and maintain the apartments well.

In 1999 St Paul’s sold the aging buildings and found a way to continue the mission. Proceeds from the sale were invested, and interest is used each year to fund housing initiatives around the city. The Foundation honours the original intention by supporting charitable agencies such as Habitat for Humanity, the Boys and Girls Club, L'arche, shelters for children and women, and our Benevolent Fund.

Churches make a statement in a community simply by architecture:  buildings “tell” people we house spiritual events, study and worship. In a quieter way, the outreach we offer to housing needs speaks about the faith we share: that God cares, that a place to hang your hat is important, and that safely and security are a right we respect.

This is our heritage, and we are proud of it. 
Blessings to your home from your church, your spiritual home.

The Rev. Dr. Catherine Faith MacLean