"Truly I tell you, whatsoever you did for the
least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me." --
According to 2011 government statistics, 15% of the U.S.
population lives in poverty. This is both astonishing and shameful
for a country with unprecedeted wealth. In the current economic
crisis, religious and private organizations struggle to meet the
basic needs of individuals and families. As Christians, we know
that direct aid is not sufficient. Impelled by the Gospel, we
need to help transform public policies so that all people have
opportunities for education and job training, a living wage, and
access to childcare, medical care, transportation and housing.
Both nationally and globally, the chasm between the wealthy few
and the desperately poor majority continues to widen. It is
greatly affected by the powerful influence of large corporations as
well as the inequities of trade relations in our globalized
consumer economy. In addition, the level of foreign debt burdens
many impoverished nations.
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