Seven years ago during the Acumen fellowship program, I was challenged to spend a day on the streets of New York trying to better understand the plight of the 59,000+ homeless in New York City. The experience was an exercise in moral imagination...
Thoughtful, bi-partisan conversations in Washington are a lot like uncooked steak—rare. That’s why yesterday’s conversation on poverty between President Obama, AEI President Arthur Brooks, and Harvard Professor Robert Putnam was so unusual, intriguing, and encouraging.
Montreuil’s leftist governments have spoken a language of benevolence and stability that Eugene Varlin would appreciate, but stability has not fed the hungry. Wouldn’t it be something if the hungry could feed themselves?
In the wise words of Veronika Scott: "No matter what you have gone through, you still can do a lot with what you have." This is true of the homeless, and it's equally true of those who want to help them.
On March 3, 2014, over 320 Azusa Pacific University (APU) students from across different disciplines as well as local community members gathered for a two-part debate entitled “Is Jesus a Communist or a Capitalist? Christian Responses to the Problem of Poverty.”
Urban decay is much more than vacant buildings. It is a breakdown of community values. Politicians and community builders would undoubtedly benefit from viewing their cities through the lens of values instead of focusing exclusively on economic and education measures.
Looking beneath the surface, meeting material needs, tapping into networks, and investing in meaningful relationships are all ways to seek healing, connection, and friendship in the place you currently call “home.”