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.
Videos & PDF Files
SESSION ONE (24 minutes)
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?