By: Ron Rolheiser While charity is good and virtuous, it doesn't necessarily change the social, economic and political structures that unfairly victimize some people and unduly privilege others. We must also have good and fair policies.
By: Michael Manning Churches spend a lot of time meeting peoples' day-to-day needs but seldom focus on addressing why broken systems persist. We need to see the vision of a better world that God holds out for us.
By: Barry Howard Without any long-term objective to your church's mission strategy, your church could be encouraging a sense of entitlement that trends toward continual poverty. Here are five steps to break that cycle.
By: Barry Howard Does your church need to re-evaluate how to best use its resources for the poor and vulnerable? The author of "Toxic Charity" examines the ineffective approach taken by many churches and nonprofits.
By: James Gordon Charity shops began as places where people with low incomes could find necessities for knock-down prices compared to the retail market. Are some of them becoming too expensive for the poor?
Poverty won't yield to charity alone. There aren't enough soup kitchens and shelters in the whole country to begin to make a dent in America's poverty. To make a difference, we need a commitment to justice.
It is because we are never more Christlike, we are never more like the one who made us, than when our hearts truly and genuinely give out of love. May God grant us generous hearts so that in the world there might be a people that others could look at and say, I see God in them.
As many individuals ponder their end-of-year giving, they are inundated with numerous cash-strapped charities making special requests. With the Salvation Army, Focus on the Family, various denominations and religious universities reporting budget deficits, there are plenty of places to give, but not all could be wise investments.
The holiday season from Thanksgiving to Christmas is the most intensely charitable time of the whole year. Church and civic groups gather clothes, food, and toys for needy families. Volunteers make their way to homeless shelters and soup kitchens. Busy shoppers dutifully drop their change into Salvation Army buckets.