With hope and encouragement we learned of the recent welcome extended to their houseless neighbors by the people of First Congregational Church of Corvallis. When someone in need shows up at your door, it is a given to offer help; and the woods by FCC's driveway at 4515 West Hills Road are the "door" the church has opened. Here is "welcoming the stranger" for sure: talk about traditional values.
So, thanks to Pastor Jen Butler and the members of the congregation for offering the deepest of spiritual compassion. Their neighbors may still be houseless, but so long as they have First Congregational, they are no longer homeless.
Kathy and Greg Turner
Seattle (July 29)
Kathy Turner is the former director of the Corvallis Pastoral Counseling Center. Greg Turner is the former senior minister of First Congregational United Church of Christ in Corvallis.