Produced by a task force of the DSC Board of Church & Society.

Many people consider the issue of economic inequality to be one of the most important and contentious of our time. In the past three decades, there has been remarkable growth in income and wealth in the top 1% of U.S. society, while poverty has increased at the bottom, and the middle class has stagnated. The U.S. has a greater unequal distribution of income of all developed nations, ranking 64th in the world.

The curriculum (DVD plus a CD with a list of references and leader’s guide) sent to all churches in the DSC, along with a letter from Bishop Hoshibata encouraging church-wide use addresses the issue of economic inequality from the economic, political, and religious perspectives. There are five 1-hour sessions, each beginning with a video, followed by class discussion. Click on the bold items below to watch or download each resource:

SESSION ONE (24 minutes)

Introduction
What is going on?
Why should we care? A political perspective

SESSION TWO (18 minutes)

Why should we care? An economic perspective

SESSION THREE (26 minutes)

Why should we care? A prophetic perspective

SESSION FOUR (16 minutes)

Why should we care? A kingdom perspective
Why should we care? A Wesleyan perspective
Why should we care? A United Methodist perspective

SESSION FIVE (11 minutes)

What should we, the Church, do about it?

Discussion Questions PDF

Leader’s Guide

Resource Guide

Download videos and PDF files here.

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