Health is Wealth

Image Courtesy of City Harvest

Image Courtesy of City Harvest

As a New York City resident for the past ten years, I’ve become familiar with City Harvest through initiatives such as its “brown bag” direct mail campaign or signs in restaurants, such as Le Pain Quotidien, announcing that leftover food will be donated to City Harvest’s food rescue program. According to its website, City Harvest, a 32 year-old food rescue nonprofit, is the “largest publicly supported hunger relief organization in NYC, helping feed more than 1.4 million people who face hunger each year.”
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Glossary: Tithing

Image Courtesy of The Montrealer

Image Courtesy of The Montrealer

According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, “to tithe” means “to pay or give a tenth part of one’s income especially for the church.” The practice of tithing originates from the Hebrew scriptures and became part of Western Christian practices. While today it is mostly a voluntary contribution, certain churches make it a requirement for their members to tithe.

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‘Tis The Season

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As the year wraps up, many don their gay apparel to partake in the practice of charity. The influence of Christianity as the dominant religion of the United States finds space in the lives of seculars and believers. It comes as no surprise then, that the values and traditions associated with the holiday of Christmas have transcended religious barriers and have shaped our understanding of the days leading up to it. For Christians, however, the holiday is not just one of spiritual significance. It comes with a strong social agenda of servitude to those in need. This spirit of joyful giving, as a personal note, is what I find the most valuable from any set of belief, and what I would love to see all through the year on greater scales and deeper levels. For those with ears to hear, let them hear: Liberation theology can provide a way.
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