Housing Sabbath 2017

 Housing Sabbath May 2017: May 5, 6, and 7

Housing Sabbath:
Worship services addressing affordable housing in
interfaith congregations across the East Bay 
Fri., May 5 - Sun., May 7

An essential part of Affordable Housing Week’s calendar each year is Housing Sabbath, when faith communities dedicate their worship services to the theme of affordable housing as a moral issue. As you may know, this year, May 5-7, congregations throughout Alameda and Contra Costa counties are elevating the importance of affordable housing. We're lifting up access to safe and clean and affordable shelter as an issue of healthy communities and human dignity and as a spiritual mandate.

Here's what we're asking of you:

1) Sign your congregation up to participate in Housing Sabbath! If you would like a speaker, we can provide one. If you would like worship materials, we can provide those. We can also provide you with materials and information on getting involved in the working of promoting and preserving affordable housing in your community. If you would like me to contact a specific person from your congregation myself to explain the program, we would be happy to do that. Just let us know.

2) Volunteer to speak at Housing Sabbath! You may want to speak in your own congregation, or you may be interested in speaking somewhere else. We can arrange for the opportunity to speak, and we're offering a fun and helpful speaker training on May 2 from 4:30 to 6:30 in downtown Oakland; let us know if you can attend! If you think you're not an appropriate speaker, think again! Previous Housing Sabbath Speakers have been affordable housing residents, non-profit developers, city officials, community members and people living without shelter. Your voice would be a valuable contribution, and the congregations that participate are always grateful to the speakers for taking the time to educate and inspire them.

Click here for a sign-up sheet. 

Optional Speaker Training: 

Tuesday, May 2, 4:30 - 6:30pm
East Bay Housing Organizations, Conference Room
538 9th St., Ste. 200. Oakland
To participate, contact Pastor Demitrius Burnett at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Please join a service at one of the participating congregations!

Friday, May 5, 2017
Kehilla Community Synagogue
1300 Grand Avenue
Piedmont, CA 84610
Sunday, May 7, 2017
Lakeshore Avenue Baptist Church
3534 Lakeshore Avenue
Oakland, CA 94610
*Following service, Lakeshore Avenue Baptist Church will host a forum on Affordable Housing where our members will be the featured speakers.
Oakland Center for Spiritual Living
5000 Clarewood Dr.
Oakland, CA 94618
Bethlehem Missionary Baptist Church 
684 Juliga Woods St. 
Richmond, CA 94804
First Congregational Church of Berkeley UCC
Currently worship at Congregation Beth El
1301 Oxford St.
Berkeley, CA 94709
*First Church Berkeley will not have presenters, but they will be participating with their service dedicated to Sanctuary Affordable Housing. 
*The topic of affordable housing will be integrated into their service, the sermon, and they will have our printed materials.

Please contact Demitrius, Interfaith Programs Coordinator, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 510.663.3830 x311 with responses and questions.  Together, we can create a beloved community throughout Alameda and Contra Costa counties where ALL OF US share the best of who they are because they do not have to worry about having safe shelter.