25 February 2007


In a rare display of unity, representatives of thirty-six Christian churches in the United States including all mainline groups, Catholic, Protestant, Pentecostal/Evangelical, Orthodox and Racial/Ethnic, formally came together recently to issue a joint statement on poverty.

Christian Churches Together was formally launched after six years of conversation, fellowship, worship and prayer together.

"Our faith in Christ who is the truth compels us to confront the ignorance of and indifference to the scandal of widespread, persistent poverty in this rich nation. We must call this situation by its real names: moral failure, unacceptable injustice." the leaders of CCT declared, "We believe that a renewed commitment to overcome poverty is central to the mission of the church and essential to our unity in Christ."

Whilst the focus of CCT is on poverty within the United States, the call obviously resonates even more loudly at a global level. If the religious faith of individual Christians has any credibility at all it must lead to support for the calls such as that to Make Poverty History

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