Our church serves the local community through several interfaith alliances, including:
South Hayward Parish (SHP) – a collective of local liberal faith communities whose mission is to help alleviate poverty by building and maintaining a just and nurturing community. The Parish actively advocates for the rights and dignity of all people, regardless of sexual orientation, religion, ethnicity, race, or geographic origin. SHP ministries include:
- Emergency Food Programs that meet unmet local needs
- Community Action Network (CAN) working to end homelessness in Hayward
- Family Resource Collective providing access to healthcare, education, senior meals, information, and more
- Public witness and education activities that promote social justice
⇒ Get involved! Bring food for the Food Pantry; leave it in the big basket in the church foyer. Also volunteers are always needed. Contact Terri Owen, our member on the SHP Board, or the SHP office at 510-785-3663 if you’re interested in:
- Food Pantry: work on food distribution days; food pickup and and delivery.
- Winter Shelter: staffing the shelter; preparing a simple evening meal for clients.
- Special Need: bilingual office assistance to Sylvia Brandon-Perez in her clinic providing para-legal services
Read the SHP Newsletters
Family Emergency Shelter Coalition (FESCO) – a coalition of over 24 area churches and community members that helps homeless families in mid-Alameda County – the only shelter in Southern Alameda County that serves families in all configurations- not just single moms and 2-parent families, but also single dads and families with teenage boys. Services include food, emergency, transitional, and permanent housing, and supportive services to help move these families toward self-sufficiency and permanent housing.
⇒ Get involved! Volunteer to be our FESCO liaison? Or participate in the annual Shelter Shuffle to help raise money for FESCO, or volunteer at a shelter. The FESCO Volunteer page lists opportunities for individuals, family, students, and companies.
Eden Area Interfaith Council (EAIC) – a consortium of religious groups in the SF East Bay’s Eden Area that promotes respect for all faiths and religious human rights for all. It was founded in 2001 and reignited in 2015. It sponsors educational and consciousness raising events, and encourages the participation of all people of goodwill whether associated with a faith community or not. Watch the video of our July 31, 2016 interfaith service.
The 2015 re-awakening was in response to an anti-Muslim attack at a local park. Many members at our church signed a letter of support to the Bay Area Muslim Community. All five mosques in Hayward posted the letter on their bulletin boards, and wrote their own responses.
Faith Alliance for a Moral Economy (FAME) – “a network of clergy, spiritual leaders, and people of faith whose mission is to educate and mobilize our communities to stand with low-wage and immigrant workers. We provide a strong moral voice and accompaniment to those struggling for dignity and justice. We help create and protect quality jobs that lift people out of poverty. Through our work, we are building a Beloved Community where caring and compassion reign, and all people have their basic needs met and the fullness of their gifts are honored.”
⇒ Get involved! Work on FAME’s campaigns…
Our church also serves the immediate neighborhood by maintaining a Little Free Library outside the church gate. The Little Free Library focuses on children’s books, which are free to be taken or exchanged.