Feasting

by Jenny Call, Chaplain at Hollins University As a Baptist, I grew up associating food and religion.  There was nothing better than a potluck after church—we would always have fried chicken, of course, and a table filled with desserts.  I loved the way the smell of the meal permeated the Read more…

What is our role?

Global wealth and poverty. When we read scripture we find many lessons and stories about possessions; parables and narratives about being rich and being poor; and sermons and letters about the economy of the community and kingdom. What are we to do about the ever widening gap between those who Read more…

Women and Poverty

When asked to write on poverty, my first thought was that women and children are most frequently the poorest of the poor. My research reveals that I was correct in my assumption about women – but with qualifications. And, I discovered a very exciting banking system designed to help poor Read more…

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A Face of Urban Poverty

She walked into my office with the bill in her hand and a combination of humiliation and anger on her face. She was behind in her rent and the housing agency wanted the money now. She sat in the chair next to my desk. Sweat dripped from her forehead after Read more…

The face of poverty

We see it every day—the Sally Struther’s child, sad and hungry on display in front of a television camera. ‘Feed the children’ they beg, ‘Their happiness depends on you.’ I have seen these children. I have seen children living in huts carved of mud, sticks, and dung—running barefoot in the Read more…