Advent Hope and Renewal

Friends in Faith,

Advent is upon us and the latest issue of the National Council of Churches Poverty Initiative newsletter is here.

People of faith across the nation have been working and praying for a faithful budget, forming circles of protection around vulnerable people. Despite the failure of the Super Committeeand continued hardships of all who struggle with foreclosures and hunger, we live in an Advent season of hopeful anticipation.

This hope is not based in naive optimism. Hope comes from the knowledge that just as God came to dwell with us in Christ Jesus, so too can God’s reign become manifest on Earth. Each Advent, anticipating the coming of Jesus newly opens our hearts to God’s grace, inviting us once again to give all the words of our mouths and mediations of our hearts over to God’s purpose.

May this season of Advent renew your sense of purpose, energy, and hope. May Christ’s presence and peace be with you. And may a Christian hope re-kindle your spirit to put “the least of these” first in your prayers and actions.

Please read our newsletter at

Grace and Peace,

Michael Livingston

Director, National Council of Churches Poverty Initiative

Inside the December 2011 Edition of the Poverty Initiative Newsletter

Super Committee: What Happened?” Participate in a Webinar, Nov. 29 at 12:00pm Eastern.

Hundreds of legislators, religious leaders, and people of faith take the Food Stamp Challenge, fasting and praying to protect the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).

Faithful across the United States Pray for a Just and Compassionate Federal Budget.

United Church of Christ raises hundreds of thousands of dollars and letters to Congress to fight hunger.

“Showered with Fellowship:” First Presbyterian Church in Palo Alto offers local homeless neighbors shower facilities.

Click here to read these stories, find resources, and take action.


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