Economic Justice and Poverty
Although a wealth gap is a natural outcome of capitalism, carefully written and enforced policies and laws cause the difference in income available to the top earners in the U.S. and that available to bottom earners to grow at an increasing pace. While race is not the only factor determining earning ability, it is significant, as the top earners are primarily white and the bottom earners primarily persons of color. In addition, many of the policies and laws have the added effect of pitting bottom earners of different races against each other, all to the benefit of those earning the most. As disciples of Christ, we are called not only to alleviate immediate symptoms of the wealth gap, such as food insecurity and access to health care, but to go further and find ways to help tackle the root causes of economic injustice and poverty.
How can we become effective allies in the fight for economic justice?
We cannot be allies if we do not understand and acknowledge the causes and effects of the wealth gap in the U.S. Therefore, it is incumbent upon us to educate ourselves and then weigh our findings against what we believe to be our calling in Christ. Below are some suggestions and resources you may consider as you seek to understand. Be introspective, prayerfully examining your beliefs and habits.
• Becoming a strong ally in a social justice movement requires ongoing self‐reflection, learning, and openness to growth.
• Sign up to receive emails with resources, information and opportunities for action email@example.com
• Take a Just Faith class or other book or Bible study on issues of race and/or economic justice
• Explore resources on the causes and effects of economic injustice
Poor People's Campaign: poorpeoplescampaign.org
Bread for the World: bread.org
Virginia Interfaith Center: virginiainterfaithcenter.org
Facing Our History: facinghistory.org
United Methodist Church General Commission on Religion and Race: r2hub.org
United Methodist News Service: umnews.org
Mapping Inequality: dsl.richmond.edu/panorama/redlining/#loc=5/39.1/‐94.58&text=intro
Interfaith Center: virginiainterfaithcenter.org
Jobs with Justice: jwj.org