EVERETT — It’s a chance to learn, and to step into uncomfortable spaces.
That’s how the Rev. Alan Dorway describes two upcoming public events about homelessness.
The series — titled “Who Is My Neighbor?” — is planned for Thursday evenings, April 19 and May 17, at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church.
The first night will feature speakers who have lived on the streets. They will talk about the factors that lead to homelessness, and the paths back.
The second night will focus on how government, nonprofits, faith groups and others can respond to homelessness, together.
The events are hosted by Everett Faith in Action, a group of local pastors who work on social issues.
“It humanizes what everybody feels,” said the Rev. David Parks. “You know there’s trouble in our community. This will help put faces to a problem, and it’s not just a problem, it’s persons.”
“We are called to this by our faith traditions,” said the Rev. Carol Jensen.
The group aims to figure out how to make Everett a better place for all its neighbors, whether they are housed or not, she said.
“Bring compassion but also bring concerns,” she said.
The group received $500 in funding for the events from the city’s “Sparks” program, which promotes neighborhood projects. Everyone is welcome to attend the series.