Bread for the World and Evangelical Schools Release New Foreign Assistance Curriculum
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Washington, DC, July 5, 2012
Today, Bread for the World, Asbury Theological Seminary of Wilmore, KY, and Eastern University of St. Davids, PA, announced the release of a new online curriculum on global poverty and foreign assistance for evangelical Christian seminaries and colleges. Bread for the World partnered with the two schools last February to produce the curriculum examining the connection between Christian advocacy and U.S. foreign assistance.
“This site is fully in keeping with Eastern University’s commitment to faith, reason, and justice,” said David Black, president of Eastern University. “It challenges the evangelical community to engage seriously with the structures of power of the world, and to be a witness to Christ as it tackles the issue of poverty from a Scriptural basis.”
The curriculum, titled “Evangelical Advocacy: A Response to Global Poverty,” is now available at www.evangelicaladvocacy.org. The web site is an open-source curriculum to help evangelical Christians, scholars, and students to participate in government issues regarding global poverty.
“Evangelical Advocacy: A Response to Global Poverty is an important resource for seminaries and other educational institutions around the world,” said Tim Tennent, PhD, president and professor of world Christianity at Asbury Theological Seminary. “This web site attempts to explore advocacy issues in a way that is evangelically oriented, biblically sound, and theologically framed.”
The web site features resources and information for each of the four curriculum modules: A Theology of Poverty in Today’s World; Christians Engaging in Government; Government Initiatives Against Global Poverty; and Advocacy on U.S. Government Foreign Assistance. This new curriculum is designed to equip teachers in colleges, seminaries, and churches to be faithful stewards of their political voice on hunger and poverty.
“We are thrilled to be launching this new program and web site in an effort to analyze the connections between Christianity and anti-poverty advocacy,” said Rev. David Beckmann, president of Bread for the World. “We look forward to continuing this partnership and engaging more Christians in thoughtful discussions around these important issues.”
For more information, please visit www.evangelicaladvocacy.org.
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