Today my wife Liz gave a talk to a gathering at the Open Door Community in Atlanta. She talked about the history of the Catholic Worker Movement. (The Open Door is patterned after Catholic Worker Houses.) Liz noted there are some 200 Catholic Worker “Houses of Hospitality” around the country, some in urban settings, some in rural settings. Many of these houses take in the homeless. Catholic Worker co-founder Dorothy Day once said that it was her vision that every parish would have a Catholic Worker House, and every home would have a “Christ room.” That is, a room for those on the margins (including on the streets)… Later this evening, I got in a rather lengthy discussion with Luke Wetzel, who is a second year student at Duke Divinity School in Durham, North Carolina. While many college students were off to the beaches of Florida this week, Luke had taken his Spring Break to come to the Open Door Community to volunteer. Our discussion revolved, in part, around homelessness, Christ rooms… and the clergy. I said in all our extensive travels, rarely (if ever) had we come across a priest, minister or reverend who had put aside a room in their home — often spacious homes at that — for the homeless. “I mean if they’re not setting the example for people on this, who is?” I asked, rather rhetorically. Luke agreed with the sentiment. Note: However, I told Luke, that if there was anyone who was going to pick up the ball on this one, it would probably be a divinity student (soon to be a Methodist minister) who spends his Spring Breaks volunteering to help the homeless. He smiled.