EDS@Union Joins Poor People's Campaign

The Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival, led by Rev. William J. Barber II and Rev. Liz Theoharis, is a modern movement geared to uniting people across the country to challenge the evils of systemic racism, poverty, the war economy, ecological devastation and the nation’s distorted morality. The Episcopal Divinity School@Union proudly joins this movement to transform the political, economic and moral structures of our country.

The Episcopal Divinity School@Union recognizes The Poor People’s Campaign as a call for us “to partner with God to mend the world” from the violent injustice of poverty. Poverty, defined by a lack life enhancing employment, housing, educational, healthcare and recreational opportunities, betrays the sacred dignity of all of us. Twenty percent of all Americans are victimized by poverty. Twenty six percent of First Nation’s People, 22% of African Americans, 19.4% of Latinx Americans and 18% of children of under age 18 live in poverty. Poverty traps people in conditions that foster death not the abundant life which God promises.

The Episcopal Divinity School@Union recognizes The Poor People’s Campaign as a call for us to join the “Jesus movement” that our Presiding Bishop Michael Curry encourages us to embrace in this modern time. This is a movement toward a world where every person is able to live into the fullness of their uniquely created humanity. It is a movement that sees Jesus in the face of those left homeless, hungry and humiliated by poverty. It is a movement that seeks to shelter the homeless, feed the hungry, and clothe the poor, even as it moves to dismantle the structures and systems that sustain the realities of poverty.

The Episcopal Divinity School@Union affirms The Poor People’s Campaign as integral to our mission to dismantle racism and to work for social justice. EDS@Union stands with the Poor People’s Campaign in demanding an end to poverty and the social realities that sustain it. We stand with the Poor People’s Campaign in refusing to be silent until poverty is no more and the justice of God is a reality for all.