Micah 6:8 calls us to be people of mercy and justice. Join World Renew for a 3-part webinar series as we explore the themes of mercy and justice and provide practical tools to help you and your congregations to use our whole selves as we learn, care and act. Starting mid-September, the online event will run Thursdays from 7 to 8 p.m. Eastern.
September 16 - Creation Care with Guest, Cameron Kritikos, Climate Witness Project
September 23 - Immigration with Guest: Melissa Stek, Interfaith Immigration Coalition
September 30 - Poverty/Inequality with Guest: Dr. Mark Mulder, Sociology Professor and Department Chair, Calvin University
Register HERE: Mercy and Justice webinar registration Register for the final webinar or receive the recordings.
Our September 30 webinar on Poverty and Inequality will feature Mark Mulder, Professor of Sociology, Calvin University. Prof. Mulder teaches classes ranging from Church and Society to Urban Sociology to Diversity and Inequality and is director of the urban studies minor at Calvin University. He is the author and co-author of several books including, Shades of White Flight, Congregations, Neighborhoods, Places, and Latino Protestants in America: Diverse and Growing. His latest book is The Glass Church:Robert H. Schuller, the Crystal Cathedral, and the Strain of Megachurch Ministry. His research finds focus at the intersection of cities and congregations. Away from the office, Mark has been the president of his neighbourhood association and a deacon at his church.
Many congregations feel called to care for the poor, and many ministries and programs have been established to address the needs of the poor in their community. In all this mercy and “poverty alleviation” work, do we really understand what poverty is? As our guest speaker points out, “To be in solidarity with poor people, congregations need to know more about (them), their context, their neighborhood, their lives. Churches do a pretty good job of meeting emergency needs through food pantries, but they should also be asking about the systems and structures that perpetuate those needs.” Mark Mulder will speak to us about debunking the myth of “culture of poverty”, explain what inequality is, and how churches need to look through the lens of justice as we engage with our communities.