Inequality and Economic Justice
“Just as the commandment ‘Thou shalt not kill’ sets a clear limit in order to safeguard the value of human life, today we also have to say ‘thou shalt not’ to an economy of exclusion and inequality. Such an economy kills. How can it be that it is not a news item when an elderly homeless person dies of exposure, but it is news when the stock market loses two points?” – Pope Francis
Since the mid-1980s there has been a steady increase in economic inequality in the United States. We are now at the point where the top one-tenth of one percent owns almost as much as the bottom 90 percent.
Unfortunately, throughout the country many preach the gospel of prosperity; however, by looking at Jesus’ life and ministry we see the compassion and love he had for those in need. We therefore must ask ourselves, as people of faith what is our role in fighting for a just economy? What is our responsibility in caring for the poor?
ON-Scripture-The Bible Community Connection is a unique series, which enables the facilitation of these hard discussions in the context of faith as well as provides guidance on how to connect with and change communities.
Take this moment to transform yourself, transform your community and be the change you want to see in the world.
Week One: The Roots of Inequality and Our Role as Christians
Commentary: Sell Your Possessions by Eric Barreto
Video: Teresa Ghilarducci on Economic Inequality in America and Why it is a Faith Issue
Week Two: The Gap Between Hunger and Wholeness
Commentary: Seeking Wholeness in an Inherently Flawed System by Raj Nadella
Video: Faith, Food Stamps, and the Fight Against Hunger
Week Three: Case Study: Hunger
Commentary: Help End Hunger: It is Within Your Reach by Greg Carey
Video: God’s Little Acre
Week Four: The Growth Cycle: Personal and Community Transformation
Commentary: Acknowledging Our Divine Positioning by Kimberly Russaw
Video: ON The Street: Giving
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