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Outreach and Mission at All Saints Parish

 

From the Rector of All Saints Parish:

Dear Friends,

When I talk to the volunteers from All Saints Parish who cook a meal in our kitchen, transport it to the dinner for the homeless at St. Paul's Cathedral in Boston, and serve it to over 100 homeless or marginalized people there, they tell me, "I get more out of this than I give."

These volunteers tell me: "It is a great privilege to do something that makes a difference in people's lives. It is a concrete action that makes the world a better place." This is the experience of giving and serving others: we get more than we give and it is a privilege to participate in God's work of tikun olam, healing the world.

When volunteers from All Saints participate in the B-Safe program for inner city youth, lead a bible study with the prisoners at the Boston Pre-release Center, build a home for a family in Dorchester with Habitat for Humanity, advance environmental stewardship with Massachusetts Interfaith Power and Light, and promote social justice with the Greater Boston Interfaith Organization and Cooperative Metropolitan Ministries, they advance God's mission of healing and reconciliation.

You can be part of tikun olam, the work of making the world a better place. Listed below are ways you can to use your time and abilities to connect with God and with one another to do good in the world. As you read on, pause and consider how you might use the gift of your time and talent to serve others.

Thank you for sharing God's love within and outside of our parish.

Faithfully,

David A. Killian

 

Mission and Outreach Committee. Chairperson: Erica Topolski. The Mission and Outreach Committee coordinates opportunities for parishioners to serve those outside the parish, both near and far away. The committee welcomes new members, as well as people with new ideas and energy for mission.

Locally, parishioners give their time and talent to these organizations/sites:

Brookline Emergency Food Pantry. Coordinator: Sue LeClaire. Parishioners bring canned and packaged food to All Saints on Sunday. The food is presented at our altar and then taken to the food pantry at St. Paul's Episcopal Church at 15 St. Paul Street.

B-SAFE & Learn @ Lenox. Coordinator: Meghan Kirtland. Volunteers from All Saints work with children attending the summer program (B-SAFE) and the after-school program (Learn @ Lenox) located at the Church of St. Augustine and St. Martin in Roxbury. This ministry enriches the educational experiences of children who attend some of Boston's lowest-performing schools and fosters ties across cultures and generations in Roxbury and Brookline.

Goddard House. Coordinator: Volunteer needed. Volunteers from All Saints conduct worship services one Sunday a month for the elderly residents of the Goddard Houses in Jamaica Plain and Brookline.

Crossroads Shelter. Coordinators: Susan Wheeler, Chris Westphal, & Peter Stringham. Crossroads is one of the few transitional housing facilities in Boston that allows families to stay together. Parishioners from All Saints provide shower caddies filled with personal hygiene products for families entering the shelter, kitchen "start up" baskets when they leave, and Christmas gifts each year. Volunteers have also helped create, stock, and maintain a library at the shelter.

Ecclesia Ministries. Coordinator: Paula Ewenstein. Members of our congregation try to worship once/year with the congregation of housed and homeless people that gathers on Boston Common each Sunday. When we visit, we also bring lunch to feed everyone. Every other year, a group of teens from our parish participates in City Reach, the overnight program of service and prayer focused on the experience of being homeless in Boston.

Habitat for Humanity. Coordinator: Chris Newth. Volunteers from the parish participate in "build projects" on Saturdays to provide much-needed homes for low-income families.

Oasis Dinners. Coordinator: Anne Marie Ellis. Parishioners prepare and serve dinners to the homeless at St. Paul's Cathedral on Tremont Street in Boston. All ages are welcome to help, including children.

Outreach to Artists. Coordinator: Hae Sook Shin. The parish fosters an appreciation of art and artists by sponsoring exhibits of local painters, photographers, quilters and sculptors in the Guild Room. Many parishioners have participated in these exhibits as well as people of all faiths from the larger community.

 

All Saints Parish supports (with time, talent and treasure) mission projects in two international locations:

Anglican Diocese of Tanga, Tanzania. Coordinator: Colin Johnstone. Volunteers from All Saints have made two mission trips to Tanzania, forming relationships with parishioners and clergy at St. Alban's Church in Mgombezi, and helping to build a medical center in Kazara. The Mission and Outreach Committee has also helped raise funds to purchase tractors, mosquito nets, and recreational equipment for projects in these locations. In September, our parish will welcome the Rev. Joel MaKame, Rector of St. Alban's, Mgombezi, for a week-long visit.

El Hogar Ministries, Honduras. Coordinator: Becky Taylor. All Saints has sent one team of adults and teens to the agricultural school operated by this organization, and hopes to send another team in the summer of 2012. EMI provides a loving home and education in a Christian environment for abandoned, orphaned, and hopelessly poor children living in and around the capital city of Tegucigalpa.

 

All Saints Parish also collaborates with and supports the work of these organizations in Boston:

Greater Boston Interfaith Organization (G.B.I.O.) Coordinators: Sarah Leinbach and Marcia Palo. The mission of GBIO is "to coalesce, train and organize the faith communities of Greater Boston across all religious, racial, ethnic, class and neighborhood lines for the public good." GBIO strives to solve community and economic problems in the Boston area by raising up local leaders, organizing groups of people from a diverse group of congregations, and initiating actions on behalf of those in need.

Cooperative Metropolitan Ministry. Coordinator: Peter Stringham. CMM's mission is "to mobilize congregations and communities across economic, religious, racial, and ethnic boundaries so that, in partnership, we can work more effectively for a just society." CMM is the greater Boston area's oldest interfaith social justice network, founded in 1966 by faith communities to address poverty, housing, and racial justice in Boston and to link urban and suburban congregations in just, transformative partnerships. CMM's members and partners include nearly 100 congregations, nonprofit agencies, and educational institutions in Boston and 16 surrounding cities and towns.

Episcopal City Mission. ECM Delegates: Colin Johnstone, Charles Moo, and Chris Newth. ECM is a ministry of the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts that fosters self-help efforts to eliminate poverty by providing leadership in the areas of affordable housing and community organization.

Massachusetts Interfaith Power & Light. Coordinator: Thomas Nutt-Powell. MIPL is a non-profit organization that provides a faith based response to climate change by promoting energy efficiency, environmental justice, green job training, and policies that will lead to a sustainable future.

United Thank Offering. Coordinator: Nancy Robie. UTO is a program of the national church that offers financial support to people in need around the world. UTO specially focuses on education, job training, and housing needs.

 

The parish's connections to the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts include:

Diocesan Convention. Delegates: Colin Johnstone, Joyce Spencer. Alternate: Mary Dunlap. Diocesan Convention is the gathering of clergy and laity from all parishes of the diocese. The Convention highlights mission initiatives, sets policy, elects officers, and approves the annual diocesan budget.

Charles River Deanery. Deanery Delegates: Kendrew Caporal, Mary Dunlap, Colin Johnstone, Joyce Spencer. Our parish is connected to 15 parishes in the Charles River Deanery. The twelve deaneries of the diocese promote communication among parishes, the Bishop, Diocesan Council, and Diocesan Commissions.

 

Hospitality to Groups that meet at All Saints:

The Evergreen Korean American Presbyterian Church (617-489-1476), Corner Co-Op Nursery School (617-738-4631), Boston Cecilia (617-232-4540), Metropolitan Chorus (617-739-2828), Boston Camera Club (617-275-1445), Cantata Singers (617-868-5885), Chorus Boston (781-272-9345), Twelve-Step groups for AA (617-426-9444), ACOA (617-843-5300), SLAA (617-625-7961), Big Book AA (617-426-9444), and Overeaters Anonymous (OA) find a home in the parish for their programs and services for the community. Scheduler: Office Manager (617-738-1810, ext 101) or office@allsaintsbrookline.org.

Facility Use. Chair: Bradley MacDonald. Member: Charles Rigg. The Facility Use Committee reviews the letters of agreement and contracts with groups and recommends policies regarding the use of church property. Attention is paid to the mission aspect of groups that meet in church buildings; a sliding scale for donations is applied in relevant cases.

 

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