Book Launch "Always with Us? What Jesus Really Said about the Poor"
The Kairos Center announces the publication of Rev. Dr. Liz Theoharis' new book, Always with Us? What Jesus Really Said about the Poor, and invites you all to a book launch party for Liz at Union Theological Seminary on Wednesday, May 17 at 5:30 PM in the Bonhoeffer Room.
Always with Us? examines Jesus’s words “the poor you will always have with you” (Matthew 26:11), which are regularly used to suggest that ending poverty is impossible, that poverty is a result of moral failures, and that the poor themselves have no role in changing their situation. In this book, Liz examines both the biblical text and the lived reality of the poor to show how that passage is taken out of context, distorted, and politicized to justify theories about the inevitability of inequality. She reinterprets “the poor you will always have with you” to show that it is actually one of the strongest biblical mandates to end poverty. She documents stories of poor people themselves organizing to improve their lot and illuminates the implications for the church. Poverty is not inevitable — is a systemic sin, and all Christians have a responsibility to partner with the poor to end poverty once and for all.
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