Serving a Changing Community
New Faith in Action (FiA) ministry works to end hunger in Metro Denver.
Throughout Saint John’s rich history in Denver and on Capitol Hill, its leaders and members have long sought to serve the city not only within the Cathedral walls but also outside them. As the needs of the city have shifted, so too has Saint John’s shifted to meet those needs. From helping to found the United Way 125 years ago to working for civil rights, Cathedral leaders also established the Saint Francis Center and supported the creation of Metro Caring. These Jubilee (social action) Ministries have been at the forefront of poverty relief in Metro Denver since their creation in the 1980s.
In 2015 Saint John’s responded yet again, creating the Faith in Action ministry of volunteer-led efforts that take place at the Cathedral and focus not only on growing food for hunger relief but also on supportive shelter for women who are homeless.
Key to the FiA hunger-relief ministry is a planned Learning Garden, a targeted response to the urgent need in Denver for spaces to grow fresh, nutritious food. Located on the south side of the Cathedral, the Learning Garden will cover 3,000 square feet and include more than a dozen raised beds for guest gardeners from Metro Caring to grow food. This Learning Garden will be a step toward making sure that no child in Denver is hungry; that families have plenty of fresh, nutritious food; and that even parents holding two or three jobs to keep their families afloat will know how to prepare a healthy meal for themselves and their children.
The Faith in Action ministry leaders at Saint John’s hope that the Cathedral Learning Garden will give our neighbors and friends a better understanding of the life-changing work being done at Saint John’s and be encouraged to use the Cathedral community as a resource.