I wish to offer both a clarification and an update to the article written by Gretchen Meier on Family Promise of East San Fernando Valley ("Family Promise progressing," Sept. 25).
It is indeed a network of 23 congregations serving homeless families in this area. However, contrary to the otherwise fine report on Family Promise, the network comprises not only churches, but several synagogues as well. The synagogue I have the honor of serving as spiritual leader is one of the founding congregations of Family Promise of East San Fernando Valley. Members of Burbank Temple Emanu El serve on the Family Promise board of directors and help to provide some of the food, support and fellowship so aptly described in the article.
All involved in this program— Protestants, Catholics, Jews, Mormons and others — are united in responding to the prophetic voice in scripture that instructs us to feed the hungry, house the homeless, clothe the naked and comfort the afflicted. One of the most exciting aspects of Family Promise is that it is a truly interfaith program — not a ministry of any one faith community. Equally important, Family Promise is led and operated by lay people — clergy are not the leaders, merely advisors.