Shalom! A Journal for the Practice of Reconciliation is a quarterly publication of the Brethren in Christ Church. Its mission is to educate and stimulate Christ-like responses to the needs of society by providing biblical, theological, sociological, denominational and personal perspectives on a variety of comtemporary issues.
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Winter 2014, "Economic Justice"
The reasons for increasing economic inequality not only in North America but around the world are complex. There is frequent disagreement about those reasons, so that addressing them generates passionate political debate while inequality and injustice continue. For Christians, however, the issue of economic justice is one that should be at the heart of what we care about and it can be approached from different angles, as the articles in this edition attest. The Bible has much to say about how we treat those among us who are poor and in need of the basic necessities of life. We are called to generosity and practical acts of kindness, we are given the example of the early church where there were no needy persons, and we are also instructed to do justice and create social systems that do not oppress and trample the needy.