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How can faith communities help alleviate poverty? What specific approaches and programs are working? What role should different organizations and agencies play (such as families, churches, governments, and non-profits)?

Contributors include Danny Fisher, Greg Lane, Kathy Nance, Joerg Rieger, and Warner Woodworth.

The Patheos Public Square is produced in partnership with Christianity Today and the Progressive Christian Initiative.

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Five Steps for Buddhist Leaders Willing to Accept Mandela's Challege

Five Steps for Buddhist Leaders Willing to Accept Mandela's Challege

Danny Fisher, Buddhist Minister and Chaplain

We need more Buddhists talking about poverty, offering help to and advocating for those affected by it, and proactively getting involved with interfaith efforts around poverty alleviation. Here's a list of five things you can do as a Buddhist leader.

Beyond Social Work: Reflections on Poverty Alleviation

Beyond Social Work: Reflections on Poverty Alleviation

Greg Lane, American Enterprise Institute

How should Christians approach poverty alleviation? By following Scriptural commands for helping the poor, and by working with families, churches, businesses, and government to effect lasting change.

To Alleviate Poverty, Show Compassion

To Alleviate Poverty, Show Compassion

Kathy Nance, Pagan Writer and Entrepreneur

Compassion doesn't require anything but empathy and a loving heart. All of us, regardless of the size of our faith community or our personal beliefs, can afford compassion.

Deep Solidarity: Embracing God's Power to Alleviate Poverty and Create Structural Change

Deep Solidarity: Embracing God's Power to Alleviate Poverty and Create Structural Change

Joerg Rieger, Perkins School of Theology, SMU

Solidarity is no longer a matter of the privileged helping the underprivileged. It is about understanding what we have in common and how we all need to work together to organize and to embrace a different power.

Mormons Reaching Out to Reduce Human Suffering

Mormons Reaching Out to Reduce Human Suffering

Warner Woodworth, Brigham Young University

Throughout its history, but especially in the last few decades, the LDS Church and the Mormon people have sought to more fully practice what Christians are called to do, drawing on Jesus' teaching to serve those most in need.

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