Catholic-Evangelical Summit on Overcoming Poverty

May 12, 2015 ...

The panel, which included Harvard public policy professor Robert Putnam and Arthur Brooks, president of the American Enterprise Institute, was part of the three-day Catholic-Evangelical Summit on Overcoming Poverty. Leaders from evangelical, Catholic and broader religious communities, key policy makers, researchers and community organizers attended the summit. Broadcast live streaming video on Ustream Photo courtesy of …

NAE Takes on Payday Loans

October 23, 2014 ...

“The Bible speaks strongly against unjust lending and taking advantage of the poor,” said Leith Anderson, NAE President. “We were stunned to learn that short-term, high interest loans with annual interest and fees may exceed 300 percent in some states.” Banks, credit unions and other financial institutions play a vital role in the efficient functioning …

Predatory Lending

January 1, 2014 ...

Scripture upholds principles of just and honest commerce, while prohibiting usury, exploitation and oppression of those in need. This includes predatory lending in which vulnerable people with immediate financial needs are lured into short-term, high interest loan agreements that are rolled over from paycheck to paycheck. In many cases annual interest and fees may exceed …

Should Christians Focus More on Influencing Public Policies and Programs That Affect Poverty or on Developing Effective Church-based Responses to Poverty?

December 21, 2013 ...

David Beckman President of Bread for the World   Church-based programs help poor communities discover their own solutions towards overcoming poverty while influencing public policy ensures an environment that fosters and protects these grassroots initiatives. Both are needed – and, in fact, should be pursued together – to address root causes and eliminate poverty. Stephan …

What’s a Suburban Church to Do?

December 21, 2013 ...

Poverty alleviation is a long process, one that requires walking alongside poor people over time in ways that are highly relational and empowering. Unfortunately, because suburban churches are not geographically situated in materially poor communities, it is often difficult for them to develop the long-term relationships that are central to poverty alleviation. But make no …

Ministry for the Unemployed

December 21, 2013 ...

Involuntary unemployment can be one of the highest periods of stress in one’s life, and for some, it can lead to distrust of God’s provision. By providing regular opportunities for worship, fellowship and discipleship, churches can help the unemployed experience God’s comfort and provision, while developing discipline and character qualities that increase employability. Churches can …

Poverty

December 21, 2013 ...

The backbone of this ministry is our food and clothing bank. What started out in a small closet handing out a few canned goods has evolved into a ministry that reaches thousands of families each year. Another way we reach out to our community is our annual Thanksgiving Outreach. Last year we gave out over …

Together — Churches for the Poor

December 21, 2013 ...

There were lots of doubts and plenty of critics. Bad weather. Soldiers from different countries with different styles. Predictions of cost were high, both in human lives and military resources. It might not work. The cause of liberty, the quest for victory and the knowledge that the enemy could only be defeated when allies joined …