The Gathering is a Community of Faith of the Episcopal Diocese of Dallas. It was begun in December of 2012. There has been a need for a spiritual gathering place in Dallas, where the housed and unhoused can come together on Sunday to seek healing and spiritual fulfillment as well as community. The Gathering has made great progress in its first year of operation. In a typical week we serve between seventy-five and ninety meals, as part of the extended Eucharist after the service. We have enlisted over twenty Episcopal churches to provide the meals each week, and a good number of the clergy of the diocese are also participating.
In addition we have four or five musical groups that rotate during the month and provide music during the service.
The Eucharist service begins at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday afternoons at Thanksgiving Square, and lasts for about 45 minutes. Father Charlie Keen, a retired priest of the Diocese of Dallas is the designated priest for the Gathering Community. After the service we serve lunch to all who come! We have also initiated a legal, medical and social service support services for those attending
Several of the homeless who attend have taken on leadership roles, and serve as chalice bearers, ushers, passing out the service programs and helping to set up the church for service.
If anyone feels called to help on Sundays, please contact Tom Hauser, the executive Director of the Gathering. We welcome all who wish to assist us with their time, talents as well as their treasure.