Rev. Juianne Lepp, Religious Leader Caucus member of JONAH, has a fine reflection in the Eau Claire Leader-Telegraph.
She writes, "when talking about a large subject like poverty and
homelessness, it is easy to become overwhelmed and feel helpless to
change anything". But then she reminds us that when we work with
interfaith groups like JONAH, we can make a difference.
Poverty Summits that WISDOM and our partners have sponsored in
Appleton, Eau Claire, Madison and Stevens Point and Milwaukee have made a
big difference. Hundreds of religious leaders have engaged in
reflection and dialogue on meaningful ways to address poverty in
Wisconsin. People across the state are using our Faithful Citizenship
Statement for discussions as we move towards next month's election. Our
affiliate organizations are asking pointed questions in Candidate
Forums. Next week we'll send the Faithful Citizenship Statement to all
candidates for legislative office and after the election we'll meet with
newly elected officials to help them make plans for specific measures
to address poverty in Wisconsin.
It's a matter of faith! Read what faithful WISDOM leaders are doing to address poverty, then help us make a difference!
Matter of Faith: Who sits at the Welcome Table?, October 11, 2014
Conversation, NAOMI Leadership on Poverty Symposium, Sept. 18, 2014
Local organizations to look at issue of poverty, September 28, 2014
Religious community concerned about roadblocks people in poverty face to cast their ballots, September 30, 2014
Milwaukee faith communities begin charting changes in fighting poverty
As we declare in the Statement, "In this election year, we encourage all people of faith to make poverty a priority issue when they vote. We encourage faith communities to question those who would lead us about their plans to provide real, concrete help and opportunity for the poor - especially the children. We cannot consider only our own narrow self-interest when we engage in politics or business. Every decision must be evaluated according to the effect it will have on those in poverty, today and in the future."
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