The Uniting Church’s role in the mission of God in the world requires us to be constantly asking how we might be good news in our own world. We are challenged to do this in a way that acknowledges both the huge problem of economic poverty within its complex casual context (historical, economic, social and environmental) and the impoverishment of all peoples, through the tyranny of greed, abuse, violence and obsession, disconnecting us from each other and the natural world.
Billions of people around the world live in conditions of dire poverty as a small minority of the world’s people continue to consume the majority of the earth’s resources and hold a large majority of the world’s wealth.
The Uniting Church believes we must re-imagine and redefine our success, our progress, as societies and nations according to how well we support what is necessary for the flourishing of all people, including financial security for a reasonable standard of living, decent and meaningful work, education, healthcare, secure housing and appropriate social services. (An Economy of Life: Re-Imagining Human Progress for a Flourishing World, July 2009, Uniting Church in Australia)
Game of Loans—the Four Corners episode looking at the questionable practice of payday lending, with companies charging exorbitant fees to the people who can least afford it and have no other access to credit.
Live Below the Line—the once-a-year challenge to eat on $2 a day for five days. It raises funds for the poor and gives a unique insight into some of the challenges faced by those living in extreme poverty.
Global Rich List. Just how rich are you? The result is interesting food for thought.
Support this joint initiative of the Make Poverty History and Micah Challenge coalitions. It’s for all Australians who believe we can and should do more as a nation to end extreme poverty around the world.
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