Resources for Abolishing Poverty
Outreach International is a Community of Christ affiliate organization which is it’s own non-profit. OI facilititates community-led empowerment projects.
The Community of Christ website offers topics on human trafficking, human rights, immigration, and a human rights blog which congregations and New Expressions can access for information on abolishing poverty and ending suffering.
Food Pantry Guide
Congregational, faith, and community-based organizations desiring to provide outreach services through food pantry projects should consider if they want to initiate a new food pantry service or support an existing one. Key to the decision is the organization’s ability to foster and sustain the necessary financial and volunteer resources. Please use the online guide to help your organization decide how to move forward with your food pantry project.
Oblation was established to help the church be faithful to its commission to care for the poor and needy (Doctrine and Covenants 42:8). The law and practice of the church since this action of the 1917 Conference (GCR 773) has been to receive funds during all Communion services for the express purpose of the care of the poor and needy.
Our testimony as Christians is that God loves everyone including those in need. We also believe that there is “enough and to spare,” (Doctrine and Covenants 101:2f) and that God shares in abundance “good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over” (Luke 6:38 NRSV). In proclaiming Jesus Christ and promoting communities of joy, hope, love, and peace, we wish to alleviate suffering in the world. We follow the counsel to “remember in all things, the poor and the needy” (Doctrine and Covenants 52:9c). Information on oblation is available here.
Community of Christ has established a relationship with Open Table to allow congregations to implement the Open Table model of forming relationships with people in poverty who are seeking to be restored to community. To learn more about Open Table visit www.TheOpenTable.orgmore or click here to learn about Open Table experiences in the Michigan Mission Center.