Karma Yoga Projects

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The projects of service of the Essene Church of Peace, inspired by the principles laid down in the Essene Gospel of Peace Book 1, follow the Vedic philosophy as expounded by Swami Sivananda of Rishikesh (see Gospel with excerpts from Swami Sivananda). These projects are a result of the collaboration with the organization School of Life LLC, and their programs, The Theology of the SickleCSA and WSRP that are the implementation of "Aparigraha a New Economic Paradigm for a Culture of Peace" of the Global Coalition for Peace a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization. (So That No One on Earth Need Go Hungry, a project of GCFP) 

At present the complete program of The Theology of the Sickle is in what could be considered the initial phase, according to the proposal the farmers would donate 10% of their harvest and members of the CSA would pay an extra 10% of their cost of their share , to fund the program, For the time being it is only the food donated by the farmer and members contributions , unregulated that are offered to The Essene Church of Peace for its programs with the homeless population. These programs are: Feeding our Homeless Brothers and Sisters, and Looking after the Physical Well Being of our Homeless Brothers and Sisters

Feeding our Homeless Brothers and Sisters 

Consists in preparing home cooked healthy and nutritious vegetarian food and fruits with the best quality ingredients, Biodynamic (donated by the farmers and members of the CSA) and/or organic according to the availability. These are prepared from scratch by Karma Yogis (volunteers) members of the church and /or the CSA or GCFP, working together in the premises used by the church. 

Rain or shine the every Sunday of every month a core of volunteers drive and serve the hot food, tea and water at Franklin Park in downtown DC to a growing population of 150 individuals, men, women and children. 

 

Volunteers Prepare the Food in the Church Kitchen 



 

Distributing a Hot, Healthy Meal 



At present the complete program of The Theology of the Sickle is in what could be considered the initial phase, according to the proposal the farmers would donate 10% of their harvest and members of the CSA would pay an extra 10% of their cost of their share , to fund the program, For the time being it is only the food donated by the farmer and members contributions , unregulated that are offered to The Essene Church of Peace for its programs with the homeless population. These programs are: Feeding our Homeless Brothers and Sisters, and Looking after the Physical Well Being of our Homeless Brothers and Sisters
Feeding our Homeless Brothers and Sisters 
Consists in preparing home cooked healthy and nutritious vegetarian food and fruits with the best quality ingredients, Biodynamic (donated by the farmers and members of the CSA) and/or organic according to the availability. These are prepared from scratch by Karma Yogis (volunteers) members of the church and /or the CSA or GCFP, working together in the premises used by the church. 
Rain or shine the 2nd and 4th. Sunday of every month a core of volunteers drive and serve the hot food, tea and water at Franklin Park in downtown DC to a growing population of 150 individuals, men, women and children. 
 
This program, just entering its third year of implementation, includes two aspects. Clothing, specially in winter time with woolen underwear, socks, gloves and coats, helping their bodies to improve their condition . This is done by different modalities such as Yoga, Reiki, Marma Points, Homeopathy, Vibrational Therapy etc. 


  
Looking after the Physical Well Being of our Homeless Brothers and Sisters: 

Also operated by Karma Yogis (volunteers of the church, members of the organizations with which we have agreement, and family and friends of the same. Whoever has the skills necessary are welcomed to join us in this program, and/or contribute with donations of clothes in good condition. In the picture at the right we can see the underwear packages being organized ready for distribution.  
 In the picture at the left, at the same Franklin Park and simultaneously with the food and/or clothes distribution we can see a volunteer listening to the physical difficulties that the person is experiencing in order to recommend the best course of action, many times just lending them an ear makes them feel better and find the willingness to take care of themselves.