Together with the new name, our team decided that the newsletter would have each time three sections:
- We will always start with a spiritual reflection, just as we do in all Vincentian meetings. This section will also include information on Catholic social teaching. This time, we have an article by Warren Wright on the Apostolic Exhortation “Evangelii Gaudium”.
- The second section will include articles on current issues. These could be a discussion on how we can best carry out our Voice of the Poor ministry. More often, articles will illustrate obstacles encountered by the people we serve, the needed advocacy to address them and how people in poverty themselves can take responsibility for their life and work at overcoming their obstacles.
- Finally, the third section will include reports by Voice of the Poor teams across the region. This month, we have reports from five states and information on two important events in the region.
In the current issue, which is attached, you will find the following articles:
“Getting Involved” on page 4 talks about our involvement with public life and the applicable Church teaching that make it both a virtue and an obligation.
In “Self-sufficient Wages” on page 5, Jack Murphy discusses the difference between a self-sufficient wage and minimum wage. It is a higher standard that defines the income necessary to meet all the basic needs of a family, without external help. This level of wage is what the Society supports.
“Understanding poverty statistics” on page 6, describes how the official level of poverty, used as a threshold for public benefits, is unrealistically low. In spite of it, the official poverty level is often misunderstood to the point that some believe that public benefits are not necessary.
“A Challenging Future” talks about education and its crucial role in the elimination of poverty and, more broadly, in the economic future of our country. The article has extensive quotes from Chancellor Lee D. Lambert from Pima Community College, with great articulation of the education challenges that our country faces, compounded by globalization pressures and unfavorable demographics.
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God bless you,
Volunteer - Society of St. Vincent de Paul
Tucson Diocesan Council
Voice of the Poor - Western Region Representative