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Poverty: Mission Study

Participants in the Poverty mission 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.

The United Methodist Church is in Ministry WITH* the Poor. At ministrywith.org you can find resources for learning, mobilizing, connecting, and engaging with ministries and people to eradicate poverty. The With* website is also an interactive and connectional space to share news, stories, best-practices, and a range of historical, educational, and multimedia resources regarding poverty and Ministry with the Poor.

The Girl Under the Bridge coverThe Girl under the Bridge:
Stories of Poverty and Hope for Children

This children’s study introduces children to the systemic issues of poverty and will help them develop caring hearts and justice-seeking spirits. Through five sessions, as well as a sixth intergenerational session, the study encourages participants to remove barriers between the "haves" and the "have-nots" and consider what changes we can make to reduce poverty in the United States and around the world.

Leader's GuidePDF: Portable Document File
The Leader’s Guide for the Poverty mission study is designed to help leaders explore  the issues of poverty as outlined in the study text . The guide offers ways individuals, small groups and congregations can be in ministry with and on behalf of people living in poverty. Central to the leader’s guide  is the DVD Standing in Need: Systemic Poverty in Our Midst offering real-life stories of people experiencing poverty and the way communities can stand with those in need. The guide, written by Dr. Faye Wilson, offers four sessions to create an eight-hour study and includes one bonus intergenerational study session.

Ministry with the Poor: Creating the Beloved CommunityPDF: Portable Document File

Download this 5-page (125K) PDF Supplement for the 2012-2013 Poverty Study free from the e-store.

Blessings, and may the words of our mouths and the meditations of our hearts be blessed and tutored by the Holy Spirit, our messenger, our teacher, our guide.


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