Homelessness discussion at Holy Ground

Homelessness discussion at Holy Ground

14th September 2017

One of Exeter’s Big Issue sellers, Andrew McGarry, took centre stage at Exeter Cathedral as part of a discussion about homelessness.

Andrew, who has a pitch on the corner of Cathedral Green, is well known to Exeter residents and has even been invited to the House of Lords to talk about being homeless.

He was interviewed by Bishop Martin Shaw during Holy Ground, an alternative worship service held monthly at the Cathedral.

Andrew spoke of his own experience of being homeless on and off for around 20 years after his time serving in the army, and his faith, and said he often gets asked by people how they can help practically.

“People want to know how best they can help – they feel guilty and want to show compassion.  I tell them to show practical compassion, to buy a coffee or a sandwich, and talk.”

He said he lives from day to day dependent on his Christian faith, and does not claim any benefits.

Bishop Martin said: “What struck me was the simplicity of Andrew's spirituality and also the simplicity of his lifestyle. Both of these seem to me to provide him with an abiding sense of hope.”

You can follow Andrew on Twitter @bigissueAndrew. He is pictured outside the Cathedral with Bishop Martin Shaw.

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