I believe that abject poverty is a sin of the global economy and that there are implications for each of us. As a Christian and church leader, I believe that the discrepancy between the rich and the poor that exists globally is a serious issue that should be addressed by each faith community in some way. My suggestions for next steps:
- Educate yourself and others. Some good resources are – one.org and End Poverty 2015
- Tell others about what you have learned.
- Make a commitment to join an organization that is working to eliminate poverty.
Engaging in ministry with the poor. As an expression of our discipleship, United Methodists seek to alleviate conditions that undermine quality of life and limit the opportunity to flourish as we believe God intends for all. As with John Wesley, we seek to change conditions that are unjust, alienating and disempowering. We engage in ministry with the poor, and in this, we especially want to reach out to and protect children.