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1 Core Value – Commitment to those Who are Poor Train-the-Trainer Webinar Presented by members of the Mission Integration team April, 2014

2 The Poor of God Anawim  Dispossessed  Outcast  “Bent ones”  Humble  Not just materially poor  Widows, orphans, aliens…but also tax collectors and sinners  Special trust in God  “Faithful Remnant” Widow of Nain (Luke 7: 11-17) “moved with pity for her…”

3  Suffering unequal treatment & injustices Give your cloak to the poor; Pay wages Deut 24:10-15 Those who mock the poor insult their Maker (Prov 17:5) Do not rob the poor or crush the afflicted; the Lord pleads their cause (Prov 22:22-23)  Worthy of respect & special provisions Leaving fruits in the fields for the poor Lev 19:9-10; 23:22 Permission to eat freely from the fields Exod 23:11 “The Lord hears the cry of the poor” (Ps 34 Scriptural Roots – Hebrew Scriptures

4  Jesus born poor  Luke’s Sermon on the Mount (Lk 6:20-23) Blessed or “Happy” are you who are poor, hungry, weeping, and excluded” Matt 5:3-12 – poor in spirit, meek, thirsting for righteousness, peacemakers, persecuted  Discipleship – leaving behind possessions / identification with the poor Call & Mission of the Twelve (Mt 10:1-15; Mk 6:8-11; Lk 9:2-5) Rich Young Man (Mt 19:16-30; Mk 10:17-31; Lk 18:18-30) St. Paul They were pleased to share their resources with the poor. (Rom 15:26) Scriptural Roots – New Testament

5 Theological Background Commitment to those Who are Poor We stand with and serve those who are poor, especially those most vulnerable. o Hallmark of Catholic Health Care o The nature of suffering

6 Theological Background Why this Commitment? Theological Human Dignity Social Justice Political Keep peace Only strong as weakest link American/Secular values Equal opportunity

7 Theological Background We stand with and serve those who are poor, especially those most vulnerable. Stand With Solidarity Be with’ – ‘walk with’ God became human, in the form of a servant, and walked among us More than charity, compassion

8 Theological Background We stand with and serve those who are poor, especially those most vulnerable. Serve Meet needs of the whole person Not necessarily agree with, or comply Give a fish – teach how to fish (be wary of paternalism) Common good Servant leadership

9 Theological Background We stand with and serve those who are poor, especially those most vulnerable. Poor Financial Social Spiritual Psychological Social Health Information

10 Theological Background We stand with and serve those who are poor, especially those most vulnerable. Especially those most vulnerable Human Dignity Participation, Association Voice

11 How I would like a church that is poor and that is for the poor.


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