This summer, we have created a formation offering for ALL AGES that will look at the many facets of housing and homelessness, especially the cyclical nature of eviction and poverty.
The idea for this summer program emerged in response to the many of your questions that emerged as we served as Safe Nights’ Hosts: What are the conditions forcing people into homelessness and what else can be done to prevent it? How can we promote lasting change?
Children and Adult Program: Tuesday, June 19; July 10 and 24; August 7, 6:00-7:30
All-Age Field Trip: Saturday, August 25
“A PLACE TO CALL HOME”
Using crafts, Legos, games, and other forms of creative play and wonder, children will learn about different kinds of homes around the world, how to be a good neighbor, and ways to be sensitive and helpful to people in need of all ages.
KICK-OFF PANEL AND FILM
June The series kicks off on June 19 with a brief documentary and a panel of local experts addressing the impact of the cyclical nature of eviction and poverty in Southern Maryland, including the impact on children and veterans.
Tuesdays, July 10, 24, and August 7
Part II takes a closer look at the nature of eviction with a reading and discussion of the Pulitzer-Prize winning book Evictedby Princeton sociologist and MacArthur Genius Grant winner Matthew Desmond.
In vivid, intimate prose, Desmond reveals the devastating and cyclical nature of eviction and homelessness on a person’s credit, morale, education, worth, and safety by following two landlords and 8 families in Milwaukee over two years. As one reviewer said, Evicted’s “unforgettable scenes of hope and loss remind us of the centrality of home, without which nothing else is possible.”
Evicted also asks us asks us to reflect our own prejudices, practices, and privilege that can harm the most vulnerable among us. As Desmond writes, “Can the church release judgment and practice forgiveness in order to create an environment where true change can take place?” For more information, visit: http://www.evictedbook.com.
ALL-AGE FIELD TRIP
Saturday, August 25, 10:00 a.m.
National Building Museum
We will take a field trip to the National Building Museum for the ground-breaking exhibit based on the book. Evicted offers an immersive experience into the world of low-income renter eviction. With unique design elements and striking graphics, the exhibition will challenge adults and youth to face the enormity of a difficult subject, while providing context and a call to action. For more information visit: https://www.nbm.org/exhibition/evicted/