Saturday, November 21, 2009

Arizona Neighborhood Fights Church on Feeding Homeless

A neigh orhood in Arizona wants a United Methodist Church to stop feeding the homeless. The neighborhood leader on the video says the church should give a hand up not a handout, and it sounds like he's exaggerated some of the claims against the homeless people because he doesn't want them in his neighborhood.

I understand the argument that the church may be violating a city zoning ordinance; however, I'm not sympathetic to this neighborhood having just heard the report today that 49 million people go hungry in this nation yearly, that was 1 in 6 in 2008.

We could see where this neighborhood's heart really is if they'd raise money to build a soup kitchen in the part of the city from which the homeless are being bussed to get meals.

1 comment:

Max Reddick said...

When I first read this, I thought right away that the community members were simply being hateful. But the more I looked at it, the more I became unsure. On the way hand, I applaud what the church is trying to do. But on the other, I understand the position of the community.

However, I do wish a compromise could be worked out between the church and the community so that the ministry can continue. And in listening to the video clip again, I think there may just be one or two instigators in the community, and the rest are just overreacting to the information they are being fed.