Faith in Action

Faith in Action (FIA) is a standing commission of Saint John’s Cathedral. This group of justice-seeking Christians provide leadership for Saint John’s Cathedral in the three areas of service, education, and advocacy.

Faith in Action’s work is rooted in the Episcopal baptismal covenant: We “seek and serve Christ in all persons,” loving our neighbors as ourselves, and we “strive for justice and peace among all people, and respect the dignity of every human being.”

(From the Book of Common Prayer)

Projects in the Capitol Hill Neighborhood

Faith in Action culminates in various Saint John’s Cathedral projects as well as local and national partner ministries and advocacy and social justice partners. Below are a few of the many projects and organizations we partner with. Please note that we are not hosting in-person events at this time due to COVID-19. Contact the organizer for the group you’re interested in to find out how they are staying connected online.

  • St. Francis Apartments at Cathedral Square

    Focused on the meaningful involvement of Saint John’s parishioners in the development of community for our neighbors in the Saint Francis Apartments, over 40 volunteers participate in a variety of activities. These include monthly meals, workshops, and classes; trips trips to the Metro Caring food bank; a Friday morning fun gathering; and plan and care for the rooftop garden alongside resident gardeners. For more information, contact Fran Trujillo.

    Email Fran
  • Women's Homelessness Initiative

    As a ministry of Capitol Hill United Ministries (CHUM), WHI provides a safe and welcoming overnight shelter for up to 25 women each night of the year. Saint John’s volunteers are needed 26 Monday nights a year to cook, prepare breakfast bags, assist with set up and hospitality, or be an overnight volunteer. For more information, contact Susan Ritter.

    Email Susan

Additional Projects & Our Partner Ministries and Organizations

Book Study

Ground your work in faith and theology with a book study, titled “Imitation of Christ.” This group meets every Wednesday at 11:00 am in the Wellspring Center.

Coordinator: Anna Wadsworth (jawadsworth@icloud.com)

Learning Garden

Our gardens along 13th Avenue are tended in partnership with Metro Caring. Volunteers from Saint John’s assist Metro Caring’s garden participants with their individual plots by occasionally watering, weeding, or picking up trash. Garden volunteers should plan to visit the garden once a week during the growing season.

Coordinator: Robert Renfro (ngongpingrrenfro@gmail.com)

Loaves & Fishes Campaign

Each July, we support The Colorado Blueprint to End Hunger through raising awareness, collecting and distributing goods and financial donations to Metro Caring.

Coordinator: Meg Parish (margaretanneparish@gmail.com)

Metro Caring

As Denver’s frontline anti-hunger organization, Metro Caring meets people’s immediate need for nutritious food while also sustainably addressing the root causes of hunger and poverty. Join Saint John’s volunteers at Metro Caring to help provide healthy food access, nutrition education, and job readiness coaching.

Coordinator: Robert Renfro (ngongpingrrenfro@gmail.com)

St. Francis Center

A refuge for metro-Denver area homeless men and women, the Center provides shelter and services that help to meet basic needs for daily survival and transition out of homelessness. The Center offers day services, employment services housing, storage, and outreach assistance (medical, substance treatments, employment, veterans affairs, legal help, and assistance with Social Security, disability, food stamps, and Medicaid benefits). For more information or to join other cathedral volunteers, please click here.

Mustard Seed Network

If you are interested in receiving periodic emails about opportunities for service, education, and advocacy both at the cathedral and in metro-Denver, join the Mustard Seed Network. Please email Rebecca Parnell at rebeccaparnell@comcast.net to join.

  • Faith in Action Commission Members

    Neil Burris
    Andrew Greenberg
    Michael McKee
    Liz Newhouse
    Meg Parish (Vestry Liaison)
    Rebecca Parnell
    Robert Renfro
    Susan Ritter
    Fran Trujillo

    Faith in Action is a growing ministry. If you feel called, please join us as we seek to serve the metro-Denver community. For more information, contact Andrew Greenberg.