In November of 2021, a group of Nashville area clergy banded together to form the Call the Name project to represent the citizens of Nashville at the burials of persons declared abandoned upon their deaths. Every month, the Indigent Burial Program of Metro Nashville Social Services provides for a final resting place for those who have died and have not been claimed by family or friends. Call the Name partners with that program to ensure that all of the residents of Nashville are remembered and that their name is spoken aloud one last time.
Call the Name is a volunteer effort to offer the ministry of presence to those who have no one to represent them in their death. This is based in the belief that ALL people are of sacred worth, that ALL have experienced life and joy at some point in their lives, and that ALL have contributed in some way to good in the world. In the end, our job is to proclaim that ALL are loved and should be remembered.