Eastern a Partner in Online Curriculum on Global Poverty

St. Davids, PA, July 20, 2012:  Eastern University, Bread for the World, and Asbury Theological Seminary of Wilmore, KY, have released a new online curriculum on global poverty and foreign assistance for evangelical Christian seminaries and colleges. The curriculum, titled Evangelical Advocacy: A Response to Global Poverty, is available at www.evangelicaladvocacy.org.

Evangelicaladvocacy is an online open source curriculum resource geared towards evangelical scholars, students, and any other interested parties trying to prayerfully and Scripturally make sense of whether and how to engage government around the issue of global poverty.  The partners hope that this wide collection of diverse materials will be useful for a variety of purposes, including creating courses and workshops, and fostering dialogue, discussion and engagement.

“This site is fully in keeping with Eastern University’s commitment to faith, reason, and justice,” said Dr. David Black, president of Eastern University,. “It challenges the evangelical community to engage seriously with the structures of power of the world, and to be a witness to Christ as it tackles the issue of poverty from a Scriptural basis.”

“We are thrilled to be working with Bread for the World and Asbury Theological Seminary in assembling materials that will help graduate and undergraduate students think and pray through issues of U.S.foreign assistance,” said Dr. David Bronkema, director of international development programs and chair of the School of Leadership and Development at Eastern University. “We are delighted that Bread for the World is taking seriously those of us committed to the intersection of evangelism and international development.”

“This curriculum is an important resource for seminaries and other educational institutions around the world,” said Tim Tennent, Ph.D., president and professor of world Christianity at Asbury Theological Seminary. “This Web site attempts to explore advocacy issues in a way that is evangelically oriented, biblically sound, and theologically framed.”

The Web site features resources and information for each of the four curriculum modules: A Theology of Poverty in Today’s World; Christians Engaging in Government; Government Initiatives Against Global Poverty; and Advocacy on U.S. Government Foreign Assistance. This new curriculum is designed to equip teachers in colleges, seminaries, and churches to be faithful stewards of their political voice on hunger and poverty.

“We are thrilled to be launching this new program and Web site in an effort to analyze the connections between Christianity and anti-poverty advocacy,” said Rev. David Beckmann, president of Bread for the World. “We look forward to continuing this partnership and engaging more Christians in thoughtful discussions around these important issues.”

Bread for the World is a collective Christian voice urging our nation’s decision-makers to end hunger at home and abroad.

Eastern University is a Pennsylvania Christian University which integrates faith, reason and justice into all programs for its 4,400 students.

For more information, visit www.evangelicaladvocacy.org.

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