Low-wage workers across the country are courageously
Hard Work, Hard Lives by Oxfam America describes the difficult reality faced by millions of workers in the U.S.
A Day's Strike Seeks to Raise Fast-Food Pay by Steven Greenhouse, New York Times, July 31, 2013. Fast-food employees across the country engage in brief strikes in an effort to boost their pay.
Fighting Back Against Wretched Wages by Steven Greenhouse, New York Times, July 27, 2013. Workers are organizing for better pay and working conditions; employers push back.
Alt Labor by Josh Eidelson, The American Prospect, January 29, 2013.
The earth is the LORD'S and all that is in it -- Ps 24:1a
You shall love your neighbor as yourself -- Matthew 22:39b
A job should lift everyone out of poverty, not keep them there. But in the U.S. today, fully one-quarter of all jobs pay poverty-level wages. All workers are made in God's image and deserve living wages. Poverty jobs can be changed into life-enhancing jobs if we work to make this happen.
Jesus was a Low-Wage Worker is a resource describing low-wage work, the workers in these jobs, and how we can make low-wage jobs into living-wage ones. Buttons with this statement (in English or Spanish) are also available, see below.
In addition to low pay, these jobs often have other disadvantages:
• few benefits such as health insurance, a pension or retirement plan, or paid sick leave;
• inconvenient hours such as nights, weekends, rotating shifts, or part-time hours;
• these jobs are seldom ladders to better opportunities, they typically have few avenues for advancement;
• the work may be exceptionally dirty or hazardous.
Women and people of color are more likely to hold these jobs than white males.
There are many types of low-wage jobs. They can be found in any industry or occupation. Some of the more common ones are listed just below. Of course, there can also be high paying jobs in these industries and occupations also.
health care: nursing homes, cleaning hospitals
hospitality: cleaning hotel rooms
restaurants and fast food
child care including early childhood education
meatpacking and poultry processing
Many of these industries are growing rapidly which means the number of low-wage jobs will grow in the future.
Note that much of this work cannot be moved overseas. The jobs performed by these workers -- cleaning, caring for children and elders, selling items to customers -- need to be done in our local communities. If people of faith stand with low-wage workers who are seeking to improve their wages and working conditions, then poverty-wage jobs can be changed into living-wage jobs. Learn more.
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Educate your Congregation: Perform the one-act drama, Secrets of the Big Box: Workers Tell All! and reveal what life is like behind the racks and checkout lines of a big-box store. Learn what workers are experiencing and really thinking. Ideal for youth, young adults,or any group to perform for the entire congregation. Fun and educational.
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If your requests require more in-depth research and you are unable to come to the Archives in person, we recommend you contract with a professional researcher in the area. Arrangements for research must be made directly with the researcher. The UCC Archives is not involved in, nor does the Archives have any responsibility for the work performed by the researcher. A listing of professional researchers can be located at the Ohio Historical Society Researcher List web site.
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Stewardship is a way of life for Christians, a spiritual discipline and approach to daily living that enriches our lives at any age. For children, simple concepts can be discussed and built upon as they grow older. Stewardship education begins with the understanding that God is the source of all that exists, and then we can explore how we are part of what God has brought into being.
An introductory educational packet for children is God's Gifts, My Gifts for use in church and at home. This resource packet teaches that God is the source of who we are and what we have, and is our model for being generous and faithful. Elementary-age children will have fun in class or at home using these five colorful and snappy foldout sheets with individual and group activities, including scriptural texts and prayers to reinforce the church; personal decisions, loving God, self, and others. Use for confirmation and new member classes. Set includes five active lessons: Share Love With Your Offering (available as a single sheet for $.75 each); Seek God with Your Whole Heart; Rooted in Love; Love is the Greatest; Dare 2BU. Set of all five activity sheets plus stickers: 1-10 set, $5.00 each; 11-25 sets, $4.50 each; 26 or more sets, $4.00 each. Item #SCCRS Call United Church of Christ Resources at 800.537.3394 .
Younger children will especially like the interactive nature of Church World Service's global educational site, Build a Village. Children and teens can see how life is different for children in other parts of the world, using a site of the United Nations.
Responsible citizenship is also an important part of stewardship. Young people can learn about our democratic process at a site designed by Congress.
As children move into adolescence and the teen years, more complex questions arise about one’s place in family life and in the world. The responsibilities and joys of receiving God’s gifts are expanded to include more areas of life. Teens will benefit from the spiritual practices outlined at Way to Live, a web companion to the book by the same name, produced by the Valparaiso Project on the Education and Formation of People in Faith. You can order this book.
Adults working with teens can find interesting information about youth trends and studies at the website of the National Study of Youth and Religion. The National Study of Youth and Religion is funded by Lilly Endowment Inc. The project researches the shape and influence of religion and spirituality in the lives of U.S. adolescents; identifies effective practices in the religious, moral and social formation of the lives of youth; describes the extent to which youth participate in and benefit from the programs and opportunities that religious communities are offering to their youth; and fosters an informed national discussion about the influence of religion in youth's lives to encourage sustained reflection about and rethinking of our cultural and institutional practices with regard to youth and religion.
Churches are beginning to see their ministry role in teaching financial literacy to young people. Straightforward financial knowledge and practices can be found at the Kiplinger Financial News site. To help teens start saving money, check out the website of Youth Saves.
Financial habits are stewardship practices, and these sites will help families to consider their choices about spending, shopping, television use, and other decisions influenced by the media and advertisers:
Parents and church leaders will find all sorts of information and ideas for programs and activities at the website of the Youth and Family Institute.
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