Feeding the Poor

Bruce Wright - The Refuge

Why minister to the poor?

  • It can affect anyone
  • It lends credibility to our message
  • Jesus' Example
  • Scriptural Reasons : Isaiah 58, Proverbs, James 2, Matthew 25, Luke 6, Amos, Mosaic Law
  • Economics
  • Diminishes Crime
  • Lifts up esteem
  • Poverty violates human rights
  • Just the right thing to do

Who are the poor?

  • Young and old
  • Men and women, mostly women
  • Street youth
  • Mentally ill
  • Unemployed
  • Downsized
  • African American
  • White American
  • Other nationality
  • Drug dependent
  • Multiple issues
  • Most Americans-One paycheck away from the street

Where are the poor?

  • Rural
  • Inner-city/Urban
  • Big Cities
  • Appalachians
  • The South
  • Reservations

How do we minister to the Poor?

  • The Poor must participate and lead
  • FTH , BTH; PEHRC; Homeless Coalitions; The Ripple Effect; Welfare
  • With compassion and not judgment
  • Food distribution
  • Clothing distribution
  • Housing
  • Halfway houses
  • Communes (Catholic worker, Bruderhofs, JPUSA and Sojourners)
  • Treatment
  • Squatting (taking over abandoned houses)
  • Permanent housing
  • Grants from foundations
  • Creating sources of income:
    • Community garden
    • Collectives
    • Businesses
  • Advocacy:
    • Welfare Reform
    • Discrimination
    • Prison Industrial Complex
    • Jobs with living wages
    • Unions
    • Distribution of wealth - Philosophy
  • Using the Arts
  • Art of the poor
  • Benefit shows for the poor
Resource Organizations:
KWRD
PEHRC
League of??
CRYS
Refuge
Labor Party
Critical Resistance
Books:
"Rich Christians" by Sider
"Soul of Politics" by Wallis
"The Presence of the Kingdom" by ??
"Communism in the Bible" by Miranda
"Stupid White Men" by Moore
"A Theology of Liberation" by Gutierrez
"People's History" by Zinn
"Organic Faith" by Sider
"The Future is Up to Us" by Perry
Periodicals:
Catholic Worker
People's Tribune
Sojourners
Crysis
The Nation
Cornerstone Magazine
Prism
Websites:
catholicworker.org

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