Unemployment and the Faith Community
By Marge Clark, BVM
September 12, 2011
On Thursday, 9/8/11, President Obama addressed the nation concerning the need for jobs. He outlined plans in which both the public and the private sector can engage to provide meaningful work for people who are unemployed. We await the details of the plans for public engagement. We also await the engagement by the private sector to place full employment before corporate profits.
For those of us who are not in a position to create jobs, how might we engage? Especially, how might we engage as faith communities? There is a great answer to this question: Faith Advocates for Jobs. NETWORK is a partner with both national and local groups in getting parish or church communities involved in supporting the unemployed and their families both spiritually and materially. Check out the toolkit, and encourage your worship home to join the Congregational Commitment Pledge.