One thing many faith traditions value is taking care of the poor and serving others.
Jesus and the prophets consistently call upon us to look after the orphan, the widow, and the oppressed.
We recognize that we have been complicit in building systems of injustice that contribute to poverty. Some faith traditions wrestle with the causes of and subsequent social responses to poverty. “We believe we have a duty to all people of faith to engage in constructive dialogue and concerted action to understand, mitigate and eliminate the severest forms of poverty that beset humanity,” writes William Brackney for Good Faith Media.
Many people have examined what our social, economic and religious responsibilities are in systems of poverty and how we can be part of the solution. Hopefully these resources can help you find a deeper understanding of your personal role in the system, and a deeper sense of compassion for the poor among us.