I was interested to read this article in the Christian Science Monitor on a national ecumencial initiative to fight poverty, with matched savings programs figuring quite prominently in the set of policy proposals that was released last week. It makes sense that asset-building could be an area of common ground for both conservative and progressive ends of the Christian spectrum.
I’ve been thinking for some time about how to get religious organizations engaged with asset-building, starting with my own very New England progressive congregational church, which is extremely committed to social justice and community-building. I’ll have to send the CSM link to our pastor and see what kind of reaction I get. I know that many churches across the country have become involved in Kiva and other microcredit efforts in recent years. Perhaps SaveTogether could provide a more tangible outlet for church involvement in the asset-building movement.