Dayspring Church & Society

Hunger & Poverty in the U.S.

Despite a growing economy and the immense wealth of the United States, many communities, families and individuals continue to struggle with poverty and hunger.

Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.

-Jesus

The persistence of poverty and hunger in the shadow of glorified riches lies in stark contrast to a faithful vision of our common life together.

While churches respond to immediate needs by providing food, clothing and shelter, we are called also to challenge the systems and practices that have led to economic inequality, poverty and hunger. In relationship with people impacted by our broken economic system, we can together give life to a new vision – one that embraces God’s economy of abundance and ensures that all God’s children have the opportunity to thrive.

-General Board of Church & Society

What can you do?

  • Share your knowledge and connections.
  • Engage and listen.
  • Learn about the issues and be a voice in the election here.
  • Attend VIP Civic Academies addressing key issues in September via Zoom.
  • Join the non-partisan VIP Voter Engagement Team to share information and encourage voting here.
  • Learn about our partner schools and opportunities for support through Dayspring. (see below)

This short video can remind us of our calling:

VOTE

Click Here to download “Democracy, Values and the 2020 Election”, the voter reflection guide from Faith in Public Life and Interfaith Power & Light.

The nonpartisan guide offers timely sections that address urgent moral issues at stake in this election and beyond. Topics include justice for immigrants, economic dignity, care for creation and climate change, racism and criminal justice reform, democracy and voting rights, health care and the coronavirus pandemic, and global peacebuilding. Reflection questions are included to help spark conversation in your faith communities and to help prime questions addressed to candidates running for office.

ELEMENTARY SCHOOL PARTNERS

Dayspring is now partnering with two  elementary schools supporting our goals to reach out further into our communities. Added to Frank Elementary in Guadalupe is George Gervin Prep Academy in South Phoenix. We encourage you to visit each of their websites to get to know the schools and their work. You can donate current needed items on their lists or donate financially to Dayspring in the school name and we will purchase their ongoing supply needs.  NOTE: Please do not bring these items to Dayspring, as we are unable to receive at this time. Email Bethany to arrange pickup of items.

Frank Elementary: tissues, pencils, small pencil sharpeners, pencil boxes

George Gervin: small white boards, dry erase markers, small scissors, glue sticks

SMALL STEPS TOWARD SUSTAINABILITY