It's probably obvious by now that PovertyStudies is not a "media news" site; as scholarly bibliophiles, we spend too much time in the library to keep up with all the wonderful (and terrible) news of the world, important as that may be. So in creating this site, we chose to focus on items for longterm intentionality: documents and activities that are ongoing and endure. But, every once in a while, while dashing from one library to another, we learn about some incredibly good news or curious event, interesting link, random good cause, or (yes, yet another) good book. That's what this page is about (with thanks to all the friends who make this possible). Enjoy!


Recent stories:

Christian witness at "Occupy" protests (New York Times, 11 November 2011)
What would Jesus spend his money on? (From the Huffington Post, about the Lazarus at the Gate curriculum)
"Holy Trinity welcomes the needy to free Monday dinners" (Fenway News, August 2011)
Interview with Canon Ted Karpf, former World Health Organization advisor, on religion and decent health care

The New City Initiative (applied church history: addressing homelessness with the 4th-century model of Basil of Caesarea)
ForAFriend (some honest computer geeks who make sure religion includes those small touches in life, like cappuccino)
"Narrative Medicine" (
a UCC pastor teaching psychiatric patients writing--and hope--New York Times 8/28/11)



And more books!

Pauline Allen, Bronwen Neil, and Wendy Mayer, Preaching Poverty in Late Antiquity: Perceptions and Realities. Leipzig: Evangelische Verlagsanstalt, 2009. ISBN 978-3-374-02728-6.

Geoffrey Dunn, David Luckensmeyer, and Lawrence Cross, eds. [title tbd]. Volume 5 in Australian Catholic University's series of publications from the "Prayer and Spirituality" conference, forthcoming (advance Table of Contents available at

Johan Leemans, Brian J. Matz, and Johan Verstraeten, eds. Reading Patristic Texts on Social Ethics. Catholic University of America Studies in Early Christianity. Washington, DC: Catholic University of America Press, 2011. ISBN 978-0-8132-1859-5.

Miriam Frenkel and Yaacov Lev, eds. Charity and Giving in Monotheistic Religions. Studien zur Geschichte und Kultur des islamischen Orients 22. Berlin: Walter de Gruyter, 2009. ISBN 978-3-11-020946-4.

Bruce W. Longenecker, and Kelly D. Liebengood, eds. Engaging Economics: New Testament Scenarios and Early Christian Reception. Grand Rapids: Wm. B. Eerdmans, 2009.

C. Paul Schroeder, trans. St Basil the Great: On Social Justice. Popular Patristics Series; Crestwood, NY: St. Vladimir's Seminary Press, 2009. ISBN 978-0-88141-053-2.

Susan Crawford Sullivan, Living Faith: Everyday Religion and Mothers in Poverty. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2011 (forthcoming).

"'Lord, When did we see you hungry?' Philanthropy and Social Welfare in Eastern Orthodox Tradition" was the theme of the second annual conference, on December 4, 2009, of the Sophia Institute at Union Theological Seminary in New York City. The day's speakers are listed here. The volume of papers was published in 2010 and is available from the Institute.

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