Episcopal, Lutheran and Roman Catholic bishops wash feet of homeless people

San Diego, California - The second annual Interfaith Community Footwashing includes not only Bishop James Mathes, the Episcopal bishop, but also Bishop Cirilio Flores, the coadjutor Roman Catholic bishop and Bishop Murray Finck, the Lutheran bishop in washing the feet of homeless people on Thursday, March 28 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Episcopal Church Center, 2083 Sunset Cliffs Blvd., San Diego.

“This is an opportunity for the church to come together in unity and help people,” said the Rt. Rev. James R. Mathes, bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of San Diego. “We are all one in Christ; we are his body and this is what he commanded us to do the night before he died.”

All three bishops will wash the feet of homeless people and working poor families who attend.

“Foot washing is the ultimate act of servanthood,” said Canon Nancy Holland, director of the Episcopal Church Center and canon for Mission Enterprise. “We are doing what Christ did; we are looking into the eyes of the Other and seeing Christ. We are saying: ‘You are loved. You are cared for. You are part of us and we are part of you. We are all one in the body of Christ.’ We are so fortunate this year to be joined by the Lutheran and Catholic bishop on this day, and focusing on what we have in common.”

Guests will receive (all for free):

  • new shoes and socks
  • prayer, if they desire it
  • personal care kits
  • hot lunch
  • clothes
  • haircuts
  • massages
  • medical care
  • dental care
  • legal services
  • social service provider access
  • veterinary services
  • AA and VA information

The schedule for the day is as follows:

  • 9 a.m. Holy Communion Service in Trinity Chapel
  • 10 a.m. Gates open for Foot Washing in the Courtyard and shoe giveaway begins
  • 10:15 a.m. Hot lunch served
  • 1 p.m. Gates close

The services listed above will be available on an ongoing basis throughout the day. A live guitarist will provide music from the balcony above the courtyard where the foot washing will take place.

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