Mission Outreach

Go through your closets now: We will be collecting gently used winter clothing for Church of San Lucas

A few weeks ago, Barbara Magee brought to our attention at both services an article from The Boston Globe which described the fear experienced by parishioners of the Church of San Lucas, Chelsea, following the murderous attacks in El Paso and Gilroy, CA against immigrants as well as the increase in ICE raids. Barbara had prepared a beautiful banner for the Church of San Lucas and invited us all to add messages of caring. In response, a resolution also was passed at the following vestry meeting to declare the Church of the Good Shepherd a “safe haven,” a welcoming place for persons vilified because of their immigration status, the color of their skin, their gender, their national origin, their religion, their age, their disability, their language or whom they love. In that spirit, contact was made with Father Edgar Gutierrez-Duerte, vicar of the Church of San Lucas, to see how we might assist his parishioners. He noted that they will be in need of men’s and children’s winter clothing. We will be holding a men’s and children’s gently used clothing collection for them the first two Sundays in December. Early notice is being given in case you are sorting last year’s clothing as the season changes. Although the collection will take place formally the first two Sundays in December, if you are anxious to get rid of the clothing before then, please contact Carolyn Gutierrez to arrange for earlier collection.

Jeanne Rikkers, Cristosal, discussing the important work in Central America

Cristosal is an Episcopal-based human rights organization working in El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras. Since 2017, Cristosal has responded to over 2 million victims of forced displaced caused by violence. There is a crisis happening and they need our help. Click here to watch a video illustrating what is happening. Jeanne Rikkers, Research and Learning Director from Cristosal spoke at all services on Sunday about the important work Cristosal is doing and how Good Shepherd can be involved.

Cristoal has a four-pronged mission:

1. Equipping human rights leaders with knowledge and tools for action through research and learning

2. Protecting people displaced by violence through victim accompaniment

3. Repairing the lingering effects of rights violations through strategic litigation

4. Building environments where peace is possible through community development