Domestic Poverty Initiative

 

A Current Focus of Christian Churches Together in the USA
Domestic Poverty is a focus of Christian Churches Together in the USA. We invite all churches and organizations to engage this issue in any way that is appropriate in your setting. We would like to hear of such engagements so we can report about them to other participants and in order to share ideas for study and action that have worked in actual practice. Please send your reports (and additional suggested resources) to cctintheusa@gmail.com

Faith Leaders Pledge Together to Change U.S. National Priorities, End Hunger

“This special time in our nation could open many hearts to God and to God’s loving purposes for the world. That is why the leaders of many of this nation’s diverse faith communities have gathered in the nation’s capital today. We pray that our collective witness will help to make this a turning point in the history of our nation and the world.”

Read the pledge HERE

 

January 2009 Report: Implementing the Call to Cut Poverty in Half
The following link goes to a report generated from the January 2009 Annual Meeting in which participants sought to identify some particular strategies for addressing poverty. January 2009 Report: Implementing the Call to Cut Poverty in Half.

Resources for Study and Action
The following resources have been offered by participants in CCT. Our thanks to Gary Cook of Bread for the World and Adam Taylor of Sojourners for gathering these. We will add to the list as we receive further suggestions.

Resources available through websites
Books
Other resources
  • “Hungry for Justice: A six week guide for praying daily, building community, and changing the world”: from the editors of Sojourners magazine. Available at www.sojo.net
  • “Who Is My Neighbor? Economics As If Values Matter”. Available atwww.sojo.net
  • “Hunger no More” A six session guide developed cooperatively by 23 churches and organizations through the Bread for The World Institute and available at www.bread.org or www.hungernomore.org
  • “A Place at the Table” and related resources developed by the Committees on Domestic and International Policy of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops are available atwww.usccb.org/sdwp and from the Bishops’ Catholic Campaign for Human Development
  • Catholic Charities USA, 2006 Policy Paper, “Poverty in America: A Threat to The Common Good”, available from Catholic Charities USA, www.catholiccharitiesusa.org
  • “Just Neighbors Tool Kit” is an excellent resource for helping church groups understand the nature and impact of poverty. It offers nine sessions, but each can also be used as “stand-alone”. It is used by Catholic and Protestant churches across the nation. More information available at www.justneighbors.net andwww.familypromise.org. A Catholic Social Teaching Supplement is also available.
Other links