Faith leaders call for a poverty reduction plan

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The leaders of multiple faith groups in Saskatchewan have come together to call for a comprehensive poverty reduction plan. Today, Bishop Donald Bolen, Rabbi Claudio Jodorkovsky, and Reverend Amanda Currie are announcing their support for long-term solutions to the costs of poverty.

These leaders see a need for collective action to address poverty at its root which moves beyond addressing only the symptoms of poverty.

"Even as we continue to do our best to provide for those in our communities with immediate and urgent needs, we can show love and compassion for one another by looking upstream and finding ways to help all our neighbours to live in health, security, and dignity." - Rev. Amanda Currie.

So far, endorsements have been received from church leaders from seven Christian denominations, the Unitarian

Church, and the Congregation Agudas Israel Synagogue. These faith leaders feel that a moral imperative to reducing poverty can unite people of faith across the province.

"The moral worth and integrity of a society is measured in good part by how it responds to those in greatest need in our midst. Responding to those needs is a responsibility of every political party, and should draw on people of widely diverse political (and religious or philosophical) perspectives together with the common mission of reducing human suffering by eliminating poverty"- Bishop Donald Bolen

Last night, the Jewish Community Centre and the Roman Catholic Diocese of Saskatoon co-hosted Poverty 101, an event to educate people on the lived experience of poverty. It ended with a call to action - that everyone visit to sign a letter of support for a comprehensive poverty reduction plan.

"The very foundations of religion challenge us to fight poverty. I believe the person of faith is the one who understands his/her responsibility for making a change. That means a call to be generous and caring, but also to be an activist for change, raising awareness and demanding that leaders along the spectrum make the fight against

poverty a priority." - Rabbi Claudio Jodorkovsky

Poverty Costs is a joint initiative lead by the Saskatoon Food Bank & Learning Centre, Saskatoon Anti-Poverty Coalition, Upstream, and Unite Co-op.

Geographic location: Saskatchewan, Saskatoon

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