Homelessness


The MACUCC Task Team to End Homelessness responds to current events, develops resources for churches and does action and advocacy within our communities at the State House and with Congress. We laugh, cry and pray together as we work for justice for some of God’s forgotten beloved. Join us in this ministry! Contact Chairperson Liz Magill.

New! Connect with other churches doing hunger and homelessness ministry, learn what they are doing, and maybe collaborate! Visit this page here

Below, learn more about Ecclesia Ministries - outdoor worship and street ministry for housed and un-housed people.

What is Ecclesia Ministries?

History & Background  

In the summer of 1994, the Rev. Deborah Little began meeting with un-housed people on the streets of Boston, offering sandwiches, friendship, and referrals. From that simple beginning, Ecclesia Ministries has evolved into an ecumenical church community that engages people who have experienced homelessness and privileged people, service providers, clergy, seminarians, artists, and professionals of all kinds in activities that work to meet the physical, social, emotional and spiritual needs of people who have experienced homelessness in Boston.  In addition, there are now about 125 Ecclesia affiliates in the United States and a growing number in other countries.

Vision Statement

We are un–housed and housed people called by God into Christian community and ministry for the purpose of transforming all our lives. We bridge the resources of diverse congregations, living into God's preference for the poor. We give voice to the voiceless, we respect the dignity of every human being, and we see the face of Christ in ourselves and others as we join in outdoor worship. There are seven Ecclesia affiliates in Massachusetts. All do street ministry and various other programs on weekdays. Most have Sunday afternoon or evening worship services. Most also have volunteer opportunities; check their websites for details:

 

Worcester Fellowship 

Ecclesia Boston

Chaplains on the Way

Cathedral in the Night (Northampton) 

The Outdoor Church (Cambridge)

Church Without Walls (Longmeadow, near Springfield) 
 
The Bayside Fellowship (Fall River)