Week 8, Monday’s Class Reflection

November 13, 2007

Today’s class discussion about how suburban affluent churches relate to urban congregations serving in lower socio-economic communities reminded me again of marred identity concepts that we are learning in Poverty and Development. One of the students in class noted that the expectation placed upon suburban churches to be partner churches who provide financial resources to urban churches can lead to a limited and potentially unhealthy relationship between the congregations. She suggested the need to invest in long term relationship development. I was reminded that not only do the poor experience marred identity issues, but the wealthy also can have their identity “marred” when they understand themselves primarily as pocketbooks to the poor, and nothing more.

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One Response to “Week 8, Monday’s Class Reflection”

  1. wess Says:

    yes – I think we need each other and there is no easy way to get around the connection being somewhat tenuous and difficult.


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