by Jacqueline Tempera, Providence Journal
The Reverend Linda Forsberg’s congregation is a motley bunch, many of them homeless, living in poverty or struggling with addiction.
There is “Sarge,” a cantankerous but sweet Vietnam veteran, who writes music for his band. And Pasquale Moretti, a recovering drug addict who loves “eating clean,” or all-natural, and will bet anyone $5 to have their name and birthday tattooed on his leg (the catch — he has the words ‘your name and birthday’ tattooed on his leg). They sit beside Lee Sulls, a self described “nomad” who is trying to hit all 50 states before he dies. Rhode Island is his 41st.
They have little in common but their Saturday schedule. No matter the situation — subzero temperatures, the loss of family members, slip ups in recovery, ever changing housing situations — the Church Beyond the Walls parish convenes at Burnside Park at 2 PM for an hour and a half of sermon and solace.
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