A New Hampshire pastor spent each night last week in a tent in front of his church in an attempt to encourage his congregation to be more compassionate toward the area's homeless.
"It's to help other people think about what homeless people are going through," the Rev. Steve Gehlert, 64, who pastors Congregational Church in Lyme, told NECN.
An experienced backpacker, Gehlert made it through a week where temperatures fell as low as -9 with a tent and two outdoor sleeping bags. more >>
Across the United States people will soon be holding events over a period of seven days to advance the value of the institution of marriage.
Known as National Marriage Week, the annual event will go from Friday, Feb. 7 through the following Friday, which is St. Valentine's Day.
Sheila Weber, executive director for National Marriage Week USA, told The Christian Post that this will be the fifth year for the observance. more >>
With multifaceted causes and consequences of poverty, researchers continue to unravel new information that religious groups and social service agencies can utilize to help the poor. Here are five facts about poverty that may surprise you.
Poverty Hurts Your Ability to Think
One of the reasons people in poverty have difficulty escaping poverty is that poverty itself taxes the brain. Research published last August in the journal Science demonstrated that poverty reduces cognitive function by about 13 IQ points. more >>
The best predictor of whether or not a child born into poverty will be able to escape poverty is the number of single parents living in the community they grew up in, a new study by Harvard researchers finds. Other factors include class and racial segregation, income inequality, school quality and social capital.
Copious studies have long shown that marriage helps families leave and stay out of poverty. What is most interesting, though, about the new study by Harvard economists Raj Chetty, Nathaniel Hendren and Patrick Kline, and Berkeley economist Emmanuel Saez is that it is a community-level analysis.
This means that poor children who live in communities with a large proportion of single parents are more likely to remain poor even when they are raised by their married mother and father. Or, another way of saying the same thing, poor children who are raised by a single parent but live in a community where most children are raised by both parents are more likely to escape poverty. more >>
The 85 richest people in the world have as much wealth as those in the bottom half of the wealth distribution, according to a new report published Monday by Oxfam highlighting the increasing wealth inequality around the world.
Among the report's other findings:One percent of the world's population owns about $110 trillion, or about half of the world's wealth, which is 65 times the total wealth of those on the bottom half of the wealth distribution. Seventy percent of the global population live in countries where economic inequality has increased in the last 30 years. The richest one percent increased their share of income between 1980 and 2012 in 24 out of the 26 countries where the data is available. And during the Barack Obama presidency in the United States, the wealthiest one percent captured 95 percent of the post-financial-crisis growth crisis while the bottom 90 percent became poorer.
The authors of the report argue that economic inequality can be beneficial, but extreme economic inequality, like that found by the study, can be damaging. more >>
Tony Campolo, conservative Christian preacher and influential social activist, has announced his intent to retire from the Evangelical Association for the Promotion of Education (EAPE) in June after nearly 40 years of impacting the lives of at-risk youth in the U.S. and abroad.
"Next month I will be 79 years old, and this decision will allow me to retire gracefully as president of EAPE," Campolo shared with supporters in a newsletter this week. "After June 30, 2014, I will go on preaching and teaching from my base at Eastern University. The president of Eastern, Dr. Robert Duffett, has agreed to provide me with the assistance and office space I need to continue the work that I believe God has called me to do."
He added, "Sometimes Christian organizations become self-perpetuating and continue long after they have fulfilled their mission. Not so with us! I, along with the EAPE board, believe in accord with Scripture that 'for everything there is a season,' and that the season has arrived for EAPE to come to an end." more >>