The great divide between those who have and those who have not is growing. Today, 65% of families living in extreme poverty spend more than half their household income on rent (in 1975 it was 44%). One in five Americans live with zero or negative net worth and over 60% of Americans don’t have enough savings to cover a $500 emergency. –from the Institute for Policy Studies’ whitepaper linked below.
At our diocesan convention this past November, we passed resolution C-178 in support of poverty awareness.
- BE IT RESOLVED that this 178th convention of the Episcopal Diocese of Missouri honors the 50th anniversary of the Poor People’s Campaign led by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in 1968. In accordance with our discipleship in Jesus Christ, we encourage all people to follow Dr. King and the mandate of Matthew 25:35-40, to provide water for the thirsty, clothing for the naked and food for the hungry, and to stand against systems that perpetuate the causes of poverty;
- BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that this convention, recognizing that our church includes members at all socio-ecomonic levels, encourages its members and affiliates to learn about poverty and participate in such movements as The New Poor People’s Campaign (www.poorpeoplescampaign.org) as it organizes to bring issues of poverty to the fore through national actions;
- and BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that this convention encourages all parishes and missions to highlight issues of poverty and economic injustice during the liturgy, in the pulpit, or in special forums on the Sunday following Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday, January 21, 2018.
Suggested resources (from the resolution submission team)
- Learn more about the Poor People’s Campaign and the legacy of the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., at the PPC website: poorpeoplescampaign.org
- In December of 2017, The Institute for Policy Studies issued the report The Poor People’s Campaign: Auditing America 50 Years After the Poor People’s Campaign Challenged System Racism, Poverty, Militarism, and our National Morality
- The launch of the Poor People’s Campaign in St. Louis will be held on January 14, and you can read more about the Reclaim MLK event at Elevation Church on their Facebook event page.
*** Taken from the Episcopal Diocese of Missouri weekly email "iSeek" ***