Presbytery-wide Training: Bridges out of Poverty

Albany Presbytery Agenda for April 21, 2018

  • Registration/Sign-in Begins: 8:30 a.m.
  • Albany Presbytery Business Meeting: 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
  • Presbytery-wide Training: Bridges Out of Poverty: 10:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Registration is now closed.  Thank you for you interest in this event.


Have you met ALICE?

  • ALICE is the working poor.
  • ALICE is people who earn just enough not to be eligible for aid but not enough to sustain any unexpected financial crisis.
  • ALICE eats what is cheap and fills the tummy not what is healthy.
  • ALICE may be middle class but is income poor.

How can the church serve ALICE?

Encourage those who are involved in ministries to and advocacy for the poor to participate in the Presbytery training “Bridges out of Poverty.” A comprehensive approach to understanding the various faces of poverty and provides concrete tools and strategies for a community to alleviate poverty.

Registration is now closed.  Thank you for you interest in this event.


PRESBYTERY-WIDE TRAINING

For all churches, committees and individuals involved in advocacy or direct ministry to people who are poor.

Cambridge United Presbyterian Church
April 21, 2018
10:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Bring your own lunch or purchase soup and bread for $8.00
Drinks provided.

With recent changes in tax law along with federal and local budgetary constraints, churches will have more and more opportunities to serve people who live in or near poverty. Most church folk acknowledge Jesus’ call to care for the poor, many are willing to roll up their sleeves. Most Presbyterian congregations are, however, culturally middle class and find themselves frustrated when, for the best intentions, they offer help that does not seem to help.

Bridges out of Poverty is a course designed by Dr. Ruby Payne, President of AHA! Process, Inc., that helps people from different financial cultures understand the strengths and weaknesses of each. Participants often awaken to the assumptions that hinder connections and understanding. This workshop is a comprehensive approach to understanding poverty. Bridges out of Poverty uses the lens of economic class and provides concrete tools and strategies for a community to alleviate poverty.

This training will provide strategies to help make church programs more effective, such as:

  • a food pantry
  • homeless or Code Blue shelter
  • back-to-school backpack drives
  • Thanksgiving baskets

If you have advocacy teams working to influence government policies or agencies, this training will identify perceptions that mire real change.

The Washington County Economic Opportunity Commission will provide this workshop at no cost to the Presbytery. Several trainers are coming so that there can be large and small group interaction with the material. Materials will be provided.

Kate Kotfila attended this workshop in 2016 and found it to be “One of the most valuable experiences I have had over the last 7 years in Cambridge…”  Read more in her blog: Presbytery-wide Training: Bridges out of Poverty by Kate Kotfila


Albany Presbytery Agenda for April 21, 2018

  • Registration/Sign-in Begins: 8:30 a.m.
  • Albany Presbytery Business Meeting: 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
  • Presbytery-wide Training: Bridges Out of Poverty: 10:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Registration is now closed.  Thank you for you interest in this event.


Date/Time
Date(s) - Apr 21, 2018
8:30 am - 2:30 pm

Location
Cambridge United Presbyterian Church