Government officials, homeless advocates, members of faith communities, homeless people and other concerned individuals will gather at Church on the Hill to observe National Homeless Persons’ Memorial Day on Wednesday, December 21, 2011 at noon.
Held on the shortest day leading into the longest night of the year, the interfaith service is an opportunity to mourn those who have spent many long nights on the streets and ultimately suffered from the country’s failure to end homelessness. Religious representatives from Islamic, Jewish, Christian and other faiths will share a sacred text or prayer from their tradition. The names of known homeless individuals who have died in Massachusetts during the year will be read aloud.
In a tangible remembrance of the deceased individuals, handmade tombstones for each will line the sanctuary of the Church on the Hill during the hour-long service.
The Interfaith Memorial Service for Homeless People will begin at noon at the Church on the Hill, 140 Bowdoin Street ~ Beacon Hill, Boston, across from the State House. All are welcome. For more information, contact Michael Bancewicz.
A small luncheon will follow and there is very limited parking with RSVP.