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NCC joins interfaith partners
By Jordan Blevins
September 22, 2010 -- On Thursday,
September 16, the United States Census Bureau
released their most up to date poverty and health care information. The
numbers were startling, as the portion of people living under the poverty
line in the
In response, the Rev. Dr. Michael Kinnamon, General Secretary of the National Council of Churches, said, “Direct measures need to be taken to ensure that even after economic prosperity is restored that vulnerable populations aren’t left behind in the recovery ... Let the debate of this campaign season push aside partisan politics and instead identify initiatives for doing justice, loving kindness, and walking humbly with the God who loves the poor”.
The response from the NCC is not just in a strongly issued statement, however. For the third consecutive year, the NCC will join a coalition of interfaith partners, Fighting Poverty with Faith, to speak to national political leaders while also addressing the needs of those in poverty in local communities – with the goal of cutting domestic poverty in half by 2020.
A statement from Fighting Poverty with Faith reads, “we
are working aggressively to focus new attention to the causes of poverty,
highlight strategies to reduce poverty, and create economic opportunities
[…]we will work for the development of positive economic opportunities for
the millions of people who are out of work, underemployed, or displaced from
The mobilization will take place throughout the month
of October, and during its kick-off weekend, Rev. Dr. Kinnamon is traveling
The mobilization is hosted by
First Christian Church of
Rev. Robyn Fickes, Associate
Pastor at First Christian Church, said, “In a city like Omaha, which has the
nation’s highest percentage of African American children living in poverty,
the faith community has traditionally been a key voice and partner in meeting
these needs. This is another opportunity to continue this legacy”.
For more information on the
Fighting Poverty with Faith Mobilization, visit
www.fightingpovertywithfaith.com and for more information on the Room
for Hope Mobilization in
Advocacy Officer and Ecumenical Peace Coordinator ,
,Church of the Brethren and National Council of Churches
Since its founding in 1950, the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA has been the leading force for ecumenical cooperation among Christians in the United States. The NCC's 36 member faith groups -- from a wide spectrum of Protestant, Anglican, Orthodox, Evangelical, historic African American and Living Peace churches -- include 45 million persons in more than 100,000 local congregations in communities across the nation.
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