How to Use This Guide
We know that unpacking the reality of poverty in the United States is a big task. This resource was created to begin the exploration by providing some insight into the reality of 21st century poverty and unveiling what differentiates the current reality from historical perspective.
Our hope is that it will serve as an introduction that will provide opportunities for deeper personal reflection, serve as a starting point for conversations you can have in your communities, and point you in the right direction to learn more.
This resource includes an introduction that breaks down the myths of poverty in the 21st century, then focuses on key topics that are leading contributors to poverty today, and ends with a hopeful look at a new theology of abundance.
Each section includes a description of the issue, facts and figures, a personal story, a sermon from a faith leader, reflection questions, quotes from key figures like Pope Francis, a prayer, and links to additional resources.
We suggest you use this resource to reflect deeply on each theme one week at a time, and then use it to spur action in your personal life, in your home community, and on Capitol Hill.