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Homeless in Seattle

A Lutheran center sees Christ in the homeless and serves despite increasing need and decreasing finances

About a mile from Seattle's seedy heart, Pioneer Square, "Crazy Eddie" holds court. Each weekend a different audience of suburban teens huddle around him, straining to hear his words above the dissonance of the traffic passing on the viaduct above. Wearing a soiled jacket to ward off the evening chill, Eddie muses on life as he sits upon an overturned shopping cart. Nyer Urness, chaplain of the Lutheran Compass Center, has brought another group of nervous church youth to meet his old friend.


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