MINNEAPOLIS - Interfaith clergy leaders from around Minneapolis are coming together to play a little football and raise awareness and money to end homelessness.
“Wouldn’t it be fun to show all these different clergy and their various religious attire out on a football field,” explained Tim Hart-Andersen of Westminster Presbyterian Church in Downtown Minneapolis.
In a video, several clergy leaders take to the football field at Augsburg University. Former Vikings star punter Greg Coleman is seen giving orders to a team of interfaith clergy leaders.
“Today is a little different… One heart. One mind. One spirit,” explained Coleman.
“And do a line of scrimmage with the Catholics and the Protestants and the Rabbis and Imams and the Hindus and the Unitarians all on the same team, pulling in the same direction, working on the same goal – all working to prevent homelessness,” said Hart-Andersen.
Hart-Andersen says he along with other local religious leaders want to use the energy of the city and the Super Bowl to raise money to help fund the Emergency Rental Assistance Program.
“We were told from the city, county and the other nonprofits that there really isn’t a program like this to provide emergency rental assistance.”
Hart-Andersen says the program offers those in need help with rent and so far he says it has helped 148 households.
“That one rent check and that one month, helped them stay in their homes and not be evicted,” explained Hart-Andersen.
He said months later, some 80-percent of those families are still living in their homes.
“Something is happening in the interfaith community here that is pretty unique in our nation and it will be something our country and world needs – how we bridge these differences and our traditions. We had a common cause and football and the image of the field and diverse team really clicked with everybody all these traditions on the same team.
An interfaith gathering is planned for this Sunday, January 28th at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Minneapolis. The event is free and open to the public.
All donations will be donated to the "Emergency Rental Assistance Program."