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(1) At the end of the day, the poverty of the non-poor is the same kind of poverty as the poor, only
differently expressed. The poverty of the non-poor is fundamentally relational and caused by sin.
The result is a life full of things and short on meaning. The non-poor simply believe in a different set
of lies. The only difference is that the poverty of the non-poor is harder to change. “A bank account
and abundant diet somehow (I cannot explain it quite satisfactorily) insulate man [sic] from coming
to feel the primary truth of history” (Koyama 174, 23). This is what Jesus was trying to say when he
compared a rich man getting into the kingdom as a camel trying to get through the eye of a needle.

Bryant Myers, Walking with the Poor, Orbis, 1999, p. 90


(2) "Do not recoil before the reforms that are necessary to create the conditions needed by the
disadvantaged if they are to have a fresh chance in the hard struggle of life. The poor of the United
States and of the world are your brothers and sisters in Christ."

Pope John Paul II, in a homily in New York City, October 1979 (as found in an October 1999 letter
from "Network: A national Catholic social justice lobby") - Phil Olson


(3) Compassionate God, we live in a perpetual state of hurry and a numbing tiredness that keeps
the blinders up and the heart protected. Excuses are easily shaped and we can always find a more
pressing project. We are ever tempted to just walk slowly away, turn the page, switch off the heart.
Yet the gospel call echoes in our being - to feed the hungry and care for the poor - and we know
that you choose us to answer. Strengthen our will and hands that we may take up the common
tasks of love and embrace all as God's concern - and ours. AMEN
- prayer as found in Sourcebook of Worship Resources from Communication
Resources (www.communicationresources.com)


(4) Richard Parker, a senior fellow at Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, has said
it well in a recent article in Sojourners (page 37, September 1999). The Wealthiest 400 Americans,
as identified by Forbes magazine, are together worth nearly $800 billion. Out of the one-year (1998)
increase in wealth (not their total wealth), according to the U.N. Human Development Report, these
400 Americans could have funded the cost of universal education for all children, reproductive health
care for all women, and adequate food, safe water, and sanitation for the entire developing world.
And the wealth of the 400 families would still have increased by more than 80 billion in that one
year!

In a side bar for that same article: "The Top 1% of households has more wealth than the bottom
95%. According to the Bank of America, there are 11 million millionaires in the U.S. today. While
trillions of dollars are passing between generations, one out of five children in the U.S. still lives in
poverty."

- From Don McClanen's Column in "Ministry of Money" (122nd Newsletter - December
1999)<minmon@erols.com>




(5) The word compassion is derived from the Latin words pati and cum which put together mean "to
suffer with." Compassion asks us to go where it hurts, to enter into places of pain, to share in
brokenness, fear, confusion and anguish. Compassion challenges us to cry out with those in misery,
to mourn with those who are lonely, to weep with those in tears. Compassion requires us to be weak
with the weak, vulnerable with the vulnerable, and powerless with the powerless. Compassion
means full immersion in the condition of being human.
Henri Nouwen (as found on www.CompassionCoalition.org site)




(6) Don't underestimate the necessity of taking time to change the climate. Begin to sort through
the many things that could be done, and start prioritizing the things that should be done. Dare we
say it: "Hurry slowly." Remember, a very important word of pastoral care: All change is experienced
as loss. We did not say that all change is loss. We said that all change (even good, expected,
positive change) is experienced as loss. That distinction is important.

Ray Bakke and Sam Roberts, "The Expanded Mission of City Center Churches"
(International Urban Associates, 1998), p. 126




(7)...[It] may be helpful to clarify some terms. "Mission," simply put, is everything the church is sent
to be and do in the world. This definition assumes that God initiated the mission of the church and
continues to direct it. Likewise, this definition affirms that churches are sent, since the very word
"mission" implies being dispatched or sent to perform a task or service. As Jesus was sent by God,
so Jesus sent the disciples and followers who formed the church. As living embodiments of the living
work of Christ, churches are to continue what Jesus began. The church, therefore, is by nature a
sign and an agent of the kingdom of God here and now. Everything God rules is kingdom property.
That includes everything the church is and does.... Mission involves everything the church does in
response to God's creative and redemptive mandates. Evangelism and mission are not synonymous.
Social action is not the same as mission. Discipleship, stewardship, and fellowship, like evangelism
and social responsibility, deal with specific and concrete actions. Together these functions become
the mission of the church.

Ray Bakke and Sam Roberts, "The Expanded Mission of City Center Churches"
(International Urban Associates, 1998), p. 85.




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