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President Barack Obama speaks at a National Leadership Convening on poverty in May 2015.


Overcoming poverty in the richest nation on earth is a moral imperative and urgent national priority. Poverty has economic, political, cultural, and spiritual dimensions. These dialogues explore the human and moral costs of poverty and how people with differing political, ideological, and religious perspectives can work together to lift people out of poverty in the United States and internationally.


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Whatever Happened to Matthew 25?

In the Gospel description of the Last Judgement, there is really only one question: how do we treat “the least of these” (Matthew 25:40). In the midst of an intense battle over federal budget cuts and raising the debt ceiling, the central moral criteria are how the lives and dignity of “the least…


Whatever Happened to Matthew 25? (Video)

May 31, 2023

Duration: 1 hour 14 minutes

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Duration: 1 hour 5 minutes

Moral Principles, National Priorities, Budget Choices (Video)

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