Many people think they know The Salvation Army. They’ve seen the red kettles and been to the thrift stores. But those are just a few pieces that speak to the reach of this international, social services and church-based organization.
Commissioner David Hudson joins Today’s Conversation with Leith Anderson to explain:
- What most people don’t understand about The Salvation Army;
- How an organization that was started in the 1800s has adapted and remained relevant today;
- What the Army has learned about poverty through its enhanced case management program; and
- How the organization functions as a Christian denomination while operating significant social services.
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Leith: The Salvation Army has maintained a strong evangelical, biblical commitment and a strong commitment to the poor and social justice since the 1800s. During that time period, there was a reaction among many who are committed Christians to the social gospel. A lot of them said, “You shouldn’t be doing this. Just do the message and not address the poor and social justice issues.” Has that been a challenge for the Army to face some of those criticisms and disagreements and differences on this?
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