Poverty Issue Study Overview
Our Christian faith invites us to become agents of God’s compassion and healing in a wounded world. Poverty is a human rights issue with grave impact on women and children. This mission study on poverty is designed to help participants recognize and claim for themselves the connections between Scripture, church tradition, compassion for the poor, social outreach and social justice.
Biblical passages remind Christians of their responsibility for poverty. The Wesleyan movement embraced this concern by creating community centers where people could access education, medical care or employment, and members of United Methodist Women and its predecessor organizations have continued this heritage and responded to the poor where they exist.
Other chapters address the themes of:
- Avoiding or encountering the poor.
- Biblical witness and our United Methodist Heritage.
- Global poverty.
- Support fair trade and microfinance and advocating for global policies that help eliminate poverty.
- Consumerism and spiritual poverty.
- Charity versus justice and advocacy
Participants in the study will engage in deepening their understanding of the realities of poverty and be invited to commit to solidarity with the poor through accompaniment and advocacy.