MANNA (Many Angels Needed Now and Always) is a ministry of and with the homeless community in downtown Boston. Through MANNA, we seek not only to welcome folks across differences of class, wealth, culture, race and mental ability, but also to empower all people to claim their place as essential members of our community. We all have gifts to give and to receive. We need each other. And this is why we gather each week to serve, to pray, and to create together.
We are proud to announce that MANNA has been chosen to receive the All Saints Parish Spirituality and Justice Award for 2017!! Past recipients include: Bishop Barbara C. Harris, Bishop Tom Shaw, Bishop Gene Robinson, The Hon. Byron Rushing, Mr. James Carroll, and Archbishop Desmond Tutu:
The CoffeeKlatsch is a community that gathers on Sunday mornings from 8:30 - 9:30 a.m. in the Lawrence Room for support and accompaniment, for coffee and conversation.
At its core is a culture of hope, connection, and support. Known as the "political wing" of the MANNA Community, the CoffeeKlatsch builds strong connections within itself but faces outwards in its advocacy for all people who are experiencing homelessness. A core group of 15 long-term attendees anchor the fluid community of approx. 35-40 people who meet each week to discuss life on the street, supporting themselves and the broader homeless community, and how to grow in hope and strength in the face of tremendous adversity.
MANNA Leadership Team
Our Leadership Team provides support to one another, and to the broader homeless community, around issues of violence and safety on the street; housing (and its struggles); lack of housing (and its struggles); and healthcare, training, and service opportunities in the City. We model servant leadership in community by helping cook, serve, clear, and welcome guests to the Cathedral's Monday Lunch Program. And create a forum for welcoming new folks to our community through the practices of genuine welcome and of peacemaking.
Monday Lunch Program
The Monday Lunch program has been serving a freshly cooked hot lunch for anyone who desires it every week for thirty years. MANNA volunteers now join our long standing partner parishes to welcome the broader homeless community every Monday at 11:30 a.m.
Lunch is served every Monday from 11:30 a.m. - 12:45 p.m. in Sproat Hall.
Our weekly worship service for, by and with the homeless community is quickly growing. Led by MANNA community members, we pray, sing, and celebrate Holy Communion every week after the Monday Lunch. Members of MANNA preach each week, and are responsible for leading the prayers, providing the music and setting up and putting away the altar, as well as for setting up seating, worship bulletins and incense. It has become the primary worship community of many – housed and un-housed.
The Monday Eucharist is held every Monday at 1 p.m. in Upper Sproat Hall.
The Pilgrim and The Black Seed Writers Group
The Pilgrim is a ten-times-a-year literary magazine written by the people of MANNA and edited by Atlantic columnist James Parker. Embedded in the MANNA Community, it's engine is the Black Seed Writers Group, which meets every Tuesday morning to produce a steady stream of poetry, protest, memoire, prayer and reportage. Since it's founding in December 2011, The Pilgrim has featured the work of hundreds of homeless, transitional, and recently housed writers.
The magazine recently celebrated it's fifth anniversary with a sold-out, standing room only reading at Boston's premier independent book store The Brookline Booksmith, and has twice been featured on NPR, as well as in The New York Times, Boston Globe Magazine, and Poets and Writers Magazine; visit the Cathedral's Press Room!
The Black Seed Writers Group meets every Tuesday morning from 9:30 - 10:30 a.m. in Upper Sproat Hall.
Christian Meditation Group
Prayer is the heart of the church. Returning to God in trust and love and renewing ourselves in a silent cycle of giving and receiving is how we breathe. Since 2009, a group of between 12 and 20 folks meet each week to share in silent contemplative prayer. Following the tradition of John Main, OSB, this is the first homeless Christian Meditation group in the U.S.
Christian Meditation Group meets every Tuesday from 11 a.m. - 12 p.m. in the Sanctuary.
MANNA Micro Library
The MANNA Micro Library aims to serve all people by offering books free of charge without requiring I.D. or proof or permanent residence.
The MANNA Micro Library is run by Associate Librarians from the MANNA community.
The library is open every Monday and Tuesday from 9 a.m - 3 p.m. in the lobby of our offices at 138 Tremont.