What are the moral implications for a country that allows poverty to persist when there are clear solutions at hand? In a landmark new book, the Pulitzer Prize–winning, bestselling author of Evicted makes a bracing argument about why poverty continues to exist in America, and what we can do about it.

Join us on Thursday, March 2 at 8 p.m. ET for Spiritual Thought: Poverty, by America, a virtual conversation between Matthew Desmond and moderator Esau McCaulley. They will discuss a faith-informed approach to fighting poverty and what people can do on an individual and structural level to enact change, asking questions such as: 

  • What particular power do communities of faith have to address poverty? 
  • What are ways that faith communities have successfully addressed poverty in the past, and where have they faced shortcomings? 
  • How is a person of faith uniquely accountable to this issue? 
  • What are some tangible opportunities for faith communities to be a part of progress on the issue of poverty in the near term? 

“We can feel the emotional violence we inflict upon ourselves, knowing that our abundance causes others’ misery,” notes Desmond. “It’s there in that residue of shame and malaise coating our insular lives.” 

Tickets for this event are free, but you will have the option to preorder Matthew Desmond’s Poverty, by America (on sale 3.21.23) and Esau McCaulley’s How Far to the Promised Land (on sale 9.12.23) when you register for your ticket. Book orders will be fulfilled by our independent bookstore partner, Boswell Book Company (U.S. shipping only).

Reserve your spot today, and join us for an evening of inspiring conversation.

Event Details

March 2, 2023 • 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm ET

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