Class 2: Poverty

Beau Underwood on Poverty

Instructor: Beau Underwood, former director of advocacy and campaigns, Sojourners

Poverty in the United States is growing…again. How do work, education, and family change poverty? How do we deal with the growing inequality in the U.S.? And how can we find innovative ways of providing jobs and ensuring fairness to ensure family economic success here at home? What about global poverty? Are we making progress in ending extreme poverty?  How do the systemic and structural gender disparities of our world make women and children so vulnerable to poverty?

Readings:

Circle of Protection. Bread for the World. Create a Circle of Protection around the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. bread.org. Bread for the World, 2 May 2012. Web.

Circle of Protection. Sojourners. Christian Leaders Ask Political Leaders to End Brinkmanship as Sequester Looms. sojo.net. Sojourners, 25 Feb. 2013. Web.

           The Line. Dir. Linda Midgett. Sojourners, 2012. DVD.

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Harris Interactive. Health Care's Blind Side: The Overlooked Connection between Social Needs and Good Health. rwjf.org. Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Dec. 2011. Web.

Saile, Kathy, and Galen Carey. "Reweaving the Circle of Protection." Editorial. thehill.com. The Hill, 21 July 2013. Web. 

United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.  A Place at the Table: A Catholic Recommitment to Overcome Poverty and to Respect the Dignity of All God's Children. uscccb.org. United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, 13 Nov. 2013. Web. 

United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. Letter to Bishops on Economic Situation. uscccb.org. United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, 15 Sept. 2011. Web. 

Wallis, Jim. "Chapter 5: The Good Samaritan Goes Global." On God's Side: What Religion Forgets and Politics Hasn't Learned About Serving the Common Good. Grand Rapids: Brazos, 2013. 89-108. Print.

Wallis, Jim. "GOP Budget Fails Moral Standard." Editorial. Jsonline.com. Milwaukee Wisconsin Journal Sentinel, 3 Apr. 2013. Web.

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