From the UCC website:
"If there is among you anyone in need, a member of your community in any of your towns within the land that the Lord your God is giving you, do not be hard-hearted or tight-fisted toward your needy neighbor. You should rather open your hand, willingly lending enough to meet the need, whatever it may be." Deuteronomy 15:7
Over half of all Americans will be poor at some point in their lives. Millions of people in the United States and billions around the world live their entire lives with inadequate incomes, unable to develop their God-given talents or even thrive at a minimal level.
But poverty is not inevitable. In a rich world and in this incredibly rich nation, the poor do not have to be with us always. The eradication of poverty is possible. Society’s failure to recognize that poverty is at the root of many of our social concerns is just one indication of our blindness. May God open our eyes to see the suffering of God’s people and open our ears to hear God’s call to do economic justice.
Our nation can eradicate poverty. The Church must be a leader in this work.
For articles and other resources on poverty in America, visit the United Church of Christ website.
January 21 is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
(from mlkday.gov) Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once said, "Life's most persistent and urgent question is: 'What are you doing for others?'" Each year, Americans across the country answer that question by coming together on the King holiday to serve their neighbors and communities.
The MLK Day of Service is a part of United We Serve, the President's national call to service initiative. It calls for Americans from all walks of life to work together to provide solutions to our most pressing national problems.
Read the text of Dr. King's final speech here.
Karen Methot is the Program Support Associate for the Innovation Team of the Southern New England Conference.