Special Easter Appeal: Help us raise $10,000 to support ministry to end poverty.

Dear Friends in Faith,

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Eleven religious leaders, including Rev. Livingston, prayed in the Capitol Rotunda while Congress deliberated severe budget cuts that would harm people living in poverty. Support this ministry.

Christ is risen; Christ is risen indeed! Christians all over the world celebrate the re-birth of our hope through the resurrection of the one who came to proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord in the midst of a weary world.  God is love.  Hallelujah!

I am honored to serve as the Director of the Poverty initiative of the National Council of Churches— as honored as I was to serve as the President of the NCC 2005-2007 and represent its 37 member communions – Orthodox, Protestant, Peace, and historic African American churches – in mission across the U.S. and the world. My work is now focused on domestic anti-poverty advocacy. I work among committed inter-faith colleagues to encourage people of faith all over our country to act on their faith—to be good Samaritans for fundamental structural changes that congress can enact to eliminate poverty in the United States. I need your help to support the ongoing work of the NCC’s Poverty Initiative.

I’m asking you, colleagues in ministry, to join me in supporting the Poverty Initiative of the NCC in a special Easter to Pentecost appeal.

Help me to raise $10,000 in 50 days – that’s $200 a day.

I am giving $500 to start this faithful campaign.  Your gift of whatever amount will further demonstrate your commitment to “the least of these” who Jesus called his friends.

Your Easter season gift matters to many who seek meaning in the proclamation: “Christ is risen indeed!” What does “Christ is risen” mean for the millions of U.S. citizens who have been unemployed for over a year, those who work full time and barely make minimum wage? What does it mean for those who are homeless and for the children who will not receive a decent education and must look forward to lives of narrow boundaries and limited promise?  What does it mean for the one in three African American boys who will be ensnared by the system of mass incarceration and subject to legalized discrimination for the rest of their lives?

What does it mean for the individuals and families who will see their access to affordable healthcare and food stamps denied if the congressional approach to reducing the deficit continues to be cutting low-income programs while giving tax breaks to the wealthy?  What does it mean for the struggle of immigrants who dream of finding a home in the land of promise, decent work and wages?

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Students, farm workers, and people of faith kept vigil together during the six day fast for food justice. Contribute to this important ministry.

Last summer, the Poverty Initiative joined with other Christian and Inter-faith partners to protect Medicaid, Medicare and Social Security from cuts in the Budget Control Act. With the Jewish Council for Public Affairs and Catholic Charities, we encouraged members of congress to join people of faith in taking the Food Stamp Challenge, living in solidarity with SNAP recipients for a week.  We worked with our partners to create a Faithful Federal Budget as a moral alternative to a federal budget that would decimate programs that actually help lift people out of poverty and care for the “least of these.” Personally, I was arrested in an act of civil disobedience in the Rotunda of the Capitol protecting low-income programs and I fasted for six days with 30 migrant farm workers from the Coalition of Immokalee Workers and twenty other allies from across the country.

Our God of love and justice calls us into partnership to bring Christ’s news into the public arena, to transform our culture and society. Please join me in contributing to this great ministry.

Click here to donate electronically.

Mail checks to:
National Council of Churches Poverty Initiative
110 Maryland Ave. Suite 108
Washington, DC 20002

ImageGrace and Peace,
Michael Livingston
Director, National Council of Churches Poverty Initiative

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