Confronting Poverty…During Lent

Is the ordeal of poverty getting lost in the media noise? Are churches stepping up to their historic commitment to serving the poor? Who will have been fed once the Lenten season has passed?

On Ash Wednesday this year, March 9, YDS will sponsor a Washington, D.C., gathering that hopes to stir recommitment among people of faith in the fight against poverty.

“The fact of poverty challenges us to heed our call as Christians to respond to the needs of the least among us both in the U.S. and around the globe, where 2.6 billion people live on less than $2 a day,” Dean Harold Attridge says.

“Rather than focusing on our own faults and failings, this Lent could be a time for reflection and commitment to action to respond to that call.”
The event, set for the National Press Club at 5:30 p.m., will feature remarks by Dean Attridge as well as a panel of writers from the current Reflections issue, “No More Excuses: Confronting Poverty,” and other advocates in the poverty debate.

YDS alumni are invited to attend the gathering, which hopes to spark fresh interest in issues of poverty in personal disciplines and congregational programming.  It is hoped that individuals and congregations will prepare to make their Lenten focus on the poor.

Posted: 02/07/2011