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MOBILIZING FAITH COMMUNITIES
This program seeks to engage faith-based youth groups in the fight against hunger and poverty in the Southern Tier.
Within the Food Bank of the Southern Tier's network of over 160 member agencies over 80% of these organizations are faith-based. Beyond this, many or our volunteer groups come to us from local churches committed to service.
The Mobilizing Faith Communities offers adult programming utilizing the Just Neighbors curriculum. Just Neighbors is an interactive multimedia curriculum whose purpose is to help your congregation assist their neighbors who are living in poverty and advocate for them. Lessons include:
Session Focus Scripture
1 Who Is My Neighbor? Common Good Charity and Justice Good Samaritan Luke 10: 29-37
2 Making Ends Meet The Call to Family, Community, and Participation Wedding Feast at Cana John 2:1-3:1
3 What Would You Choose? Solidarity Road to Emmaus Luke 24:13-32
4 Does Working Work? Dignity of Work and Rights of Workers Laborers in the Vineyard Matthew 20: 1-16
5 Housing Matters Common Good Rights and Responsibilities Peaceable Kingdom Isaiah 11:6-9
6 Prejudice, Privilege, and Poverty Human Dignity Personal and Social Sin One in Christ Galatians 3:26-28
7 Our Children, Our Future Option for the Poor Children’s Requests Matthew 7:7-12
8 Justice for All Universal Destiny of Goods Stewardship James 2:1-9; 14-17
9 Stepping Out in Faith Charity and Justice Healing the Paralytic Mark 2:1-12
Which Faith Communities Does This Program Target?
The Just Neighbors program is an interfaith curricula is geared toward Christian communities of faith. Each lesson also includes a Catholic Social Teaching supplement that is specifically targeted toward Catholic congregations, reflecting the Food Bank’s role as a regional agency of Catholic Charities. Jewish communities will find some elements of the curriculum useful. We deeply respect and recognize the immense efforts across diverse faith traditions to address social inequality. The Christian focus of our Mobilizing Faith Communities program reflects the demographics of our community. We warmly welcome any group who is interested in building a similar set of lesson plans around hunger and poverty from the perspective of their faith tradition to contact us!
How Do I Schedule a Just Neighbors Workshops?
Faith-based organizations are welcome to check out the Food Bank's edition of the Just Neighbors kit. Contact the Community Engagement Coordinator for details.
For more information contact:
Randi Lynn Quackenbush, Advocacy and Education Manager
at 607.796.6061 x4039 or email firstname.lastname@example.org