Workshop on Homelessness and Keynote Speaker at Memorial Service for the Homeless, Columbus Coalition for the Homeless
Religion and Philosophy
My work has not been in direct ministry to people who are homeless but instead I have been involved in writing, teaching, and organizing to do the work of justice. . .to end homelessness as this homeless poet asks us to do. Organizing for justice through structural change (e.g. affordable housing, good work for all, universal healthcare, no wars, etc.) is of paramount importance. It is our fight. The problem of homelessness is less about the individuals who find themselves without a place to sleep and more about our collective identity as a people and a society. Organizing for justice, however, is an on-going process with no end in sight. In the meantime we must give attention to the individuals who are without a home. The poet writes, “It is though I am not even here No one will say hello.”
Stivers, Laura, "Hospitality as Companionship and Justice" (2013). Collected Faculty and Staff Scholarship. 34.