Comments: Enough Food for Everyone

It is interesting that Welby brought up transparency. Also this:

"In many parts of the world, the churches are the most effective networks, through which generosity from other people can be used most effectively and without actually displacing or diminishing the work of the people on the ground locally - local people developing their own countries."

He's right that the churches are often most effective, and it's because we tend to partner with locals, like the local church. There is a real problem that a lot of charities actually displace locals who could be doing the job, and generating a stronger economy. There's a book on my summer reading list called "Toxic Charity." I've seen both the toxic and working kind in Haiti and in my city. Of course, it's also worth looking at systems and how they impact impoverished people. When Bill Clinton protected the rice industry in Arkansas, he devastated the one in Haiti. An unintended consequence, but a dreadful one.

Glad that Welby is on top of sophisticated issues of economic justice and charity.

Posted by Cynthia at Monday, 10 June 2013 at 12:09am BST

There are some interesting tensions and juxtapositions with regard to the churches' advocacy for the poor and hungry. Public advocacy and food banks alongside significant participation in the Thatcher obsequies, the conflicting messages over the occupy movement in both London and New York, the unease with liberation theology, and the lack of effective advancement of the millennium goals among the church going public. Churches of course are heavily invested in the bankers' economy that the G8 countries have made a priority since 2008.

Posted by Rod Gillis at Monday, 10 June 2013 at 2:27pm BST
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