Some of you might remember that I spent some time last Saturday called Survival of the Weakest. It was a conference discussing how to deal with some of the people that have had some struggles in life and our approach to it as Christians. And as well, perhaps as humans. I’ll talk more about this in the coming week or so and expand on it as with some other Agree or Disagree posts.
I posted some of the things I learned from the conference on Facebook and Twitter. The one that seemed to get some outward reaction was the comment about the amount of so called 1%ers that live in Calgary. In Calgary, we have statistics that say we have the highest of 1% wage earners in Canada. We also discussed a bit about the difference between the rich and the poor. My point in that particular discussion was there is some opportunities to uniquely contribute in the city. That may be financially, but it can be in other ways as well.
Now, I would like to move the scene up north to our friends in Edmonton. There was a project called the Terwillegar Towne project. It was basically a project to house people who were homeless. It’s a 60-unit structure on vacant land on 156th St which is on the southwest part of Edmonton. The community reacted very negatively to this project in their area. They site safety issues and lower property values as their reasons. Anglican Bishop Jane Alexander was shocked by the reaction.
You might be asking how a conference Survival of the Weakest and a homeless project in southwest Edmonton can be combined together?
It’s easy to get into rooms and discuss how to help others. At the conference, we heard inspirational stories about how people are making an impact. You feel energized and excited. However, sometimes when the reality of the so called “less fortunate” come to your area, perhaps the delivery is lacking. This is not to blame this community, because I think many communities would have said no to this.
So, the questions tonight I bring to you is this. One is easy, the second might push your button.
Would you support a housing project for the homeless in your community? Why or why not?
Do you think our culture wants to actually help the homeless?