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Date posted:   Aug 02, 2023

A Church of and for the Poor

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Fee: $30 | Three Weeks
“The poor you will always have with you” (Matt 26:11) 
Jesus’s words are as true as ever with today’s volatile economies and extreme financial inequality.  


In pursuit of a 21st Century Christian discipleship, join a guided conversation focused on 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 what it means to be a Church of and for the poor.  This course uses the issue of C21 Resources The Poor: What Did Jesus Preach?  What Does the Church Teach? edited by Rev. Kenneth R. Himes, O.F.M.


  • Week 1: Course Introduction
  • Week 2: The Many Faces of Poverty
  • Week 3: How We Respond in the Face of Poverty

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 

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

Image: Lazarus and the Rich Man by Nigel Lawrence, used with permission.