The verse Matthew 25:31 - 46 invites Christians to actively engage in the world around them so that their faith comes alive. Inspired by this passage, both the 222nd and the 223rd General Assemblies of the Presbyterian Church USA, implored  Presbyterians to act boldly and compassionately to serve hungry, oppressed, imprisoned and poor people.   

Stony Point Center is working in collaboration with Johnson C. Smith Theological Seminary to develop an online curriculum to support the Matthew 25 vision. The second Matthew 25 course, "Underpinnings of Systemic Poverty," is an introductory course offering a basic overview of the implications of the political and economic systems that enforce structures of poverty. Together, facilitators of the course and participants explore the challenges of the "pull yourself up from your bootstraps" philosophy rampant in our society. It gives participants a lens through which they can better understand the underlying forces at work in communities that are disproportionately poor. The course is designed for those for whom the concept of systemic poverty is relatively new and for those who would like to better understand the intersections between class and other forms of systematized oppression. 

"Underpinnings of Systemic Poverty" will be offered Monday evenings from 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. ET from September 21 to October 12, 2020. Registration is open now until September 18. If you have further questions, please reach out to Richard Ufford-Chase, co-director of Stony Point Center, 

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