The Rural Reality of Poverty

October 17, 2017 ...

Current poverty rates in rural America exceed the poverty rates in urban communities, and there are significantly less social services available to address these needs, according to the National Advisory Committee on Rural Health and Human Services (NACRHHS). Persistent poverty counties have poverty rates of 20 percent or higher, and 88 percent of persistent poverty …

Budget Cuts to Poverty-Focused Programs

June 22, 2017 ...

The Circle of Protection is a broad coalition of leaders from all the families of U.S. Christianity who have come together around the biblical mandate to protect poor and vulnerable people. Our Christian churches and organizations directly assist our neighbors in need every day; and we also support laws and policies which provide for the common …

New Rules on Small Dollar Loans

June 2, 2016 ...

When used responsibly, credit can be a blessing. Banks, credit unions and other financial institutions play a vital role in the efficient functioning of a modern economy, contributing to the common good. The Bible offers these guidelines for honorable lending and borrowing: Don’t take advantage of the vulnerable. Don’t charge excessive interest. Lend generously. Avoid …

On Community Development

March 21, 2016 ...

After serving on the board of the Christian Community Development Association for many years, he established the CCDA Institute, which equips emerging church leaders in the philosophy of Christian Community Development, and he currently serves as chief executive officer of CCDA. Noel is a highly sought after speaker, motivator and mentor to young leaders throughout …

The Inside Out Donut

March 10, 2016 ...

Leith Anderson Where were America’s megachurches in 1950? They were called “tall steeple churches,” and most of them were downtown. From Boston to Los Angeles, the congregations with the most people, money, fame and influence were in and around the center city where people lived and worked. Then came the post-war boom. Actually there were …

The Growing Class Gap Among American Young People

September 15, 2015 ...

https://media.blubrry.com/todaysconversation/p/content.blubrry.com/todaysconversation/TodaysConversation-052615-Putnam.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 27:07 — 37.3MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Stitcher | RSS In this podcast, you’ll hear from a renowned social science researcher on: The experiences of young people growing up in different economic classes; Statistics and trends explaining a growing economic gap among Americans; and How churches …

Let the Poverty Debates Begin!

August 6, 2015 ...

We were tired of the old stereotypes and partisan divisions where both sides blame the other and nothing gets done. Instead, we sought to identify common sense ideas that capture the insights and win the support of faith and community leaders and policymakers across divisions of race and religion, party and ideology. Read the full …

Christian Leaders Release Videos by Presidential Candidates on Poverty

July 21, 2015 ...

The videos were made by Jeb Bush, Ben Carson, Ted Cruz, Carly Fiorina, Mike Huckabee and Bernie Sanders and can be found at CircleOfProtection.us. The other declared presidential candidates were contacted but have not yet provided videos. “Christians are deeply concerned about the suffering of hungry and poor people,” said Galen Carey, vice president of government …

Letter to Congress on Earned Income Tax Credit and Child Tax Credit

July 10, 2015 ...

Dear Senator, We, the undersigned organizations, which represent faith leaders, charities, civil rights, labor, women’s, and other organizations working to reduce poverty, urge Congress to act this year to save critical provisions of the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and refundable Child Tax Credit (CTC) before they expire. Congress also should close a large gap …

Religious Groups Announce Coalition to Combat Predatory Lending

May 14, 2015 ...

Members of the Faith for Just Lending coalition include the Center for Public Justice, Cooperative Baptist Fellowship, Ecumenical Poverty Initiative, Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, National Association of Evangelicals, National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc., National Latino Evangelical Coalition and the PICO National Network. While representing distinct institutions with different histories …