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A Church Of and For the Poor



With recent concerns about economic inequity, this course speaks to a timely theme for 21st Century Christian discipleship.  Join a guided conversation around the C21 Resources Fall 2014 issue that addresses the many faces of poverty.  Explore the biblical and theological roots of the Church’s continuing commitment to the poor, evaluate several proposals about ways to respond to poverty, and converse with others about being a Church of and for the poor.

Check the course schedule for future offerings of this course.


Introductory Week
Week 1: The Many Faces of Poverty
Week 2: How We Respond in the Face of Poverty

Special Features:

This course includes:

  • Study aides that guides participants through the assignments;
  • Weekly questions for discussion and reflection; and
  • Resources page for further study.

All Crossroads courses include these features:

  • Participants have access 24 hours/ 7 days a week to the course's password-protected web site. 
  • Each participant belongs to a small Community for Conversation and faith sharing guided by a facilitator.
  • Site is usually available to participants at least three months after the course.
  • An orientation in how to navigate the web site is always available.
  • Technical assistance is easy to contact and prompt in returning a message.
  • A Certificate of Active Participation is awarded to those who post at least three messages of substance for each week of content.

Additional Materials Needed

All materials are included in the course.  View this issue of C21 Resources"For the Poor: What Did Jesus Preach?  What Does the Church Teach?"  If you prefer to have a hardcopy of C21 Resources, request one from The Church in the 21st Century Center at 

Time Commitment:
A participant can expect to spend about 3 - 4 hours each week. This commitment includes both preparation and interaction online.


Content Scholar:  This issue of C21 Resources was edited by Rev. Kenneth Himes, O.F.M., associate professor of theology at the Boston College Theology Department.