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Budgets are Moral Documents: Hunger, Money, and Community


  • James M. Childs Jr.

    1. James M. Childs, Jr., formerly the Joseph A. Sittler Professor of Theology and Ethics and Academic Dean at Trinity Lutheran Seminary in Columbus, Ohio, now serves at that same school as Senior Research Professor.
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Abstract This article seeks a path for Christian social teaching and advocacy to address concern for how the money we budget nationally truly serves the common good. The status of hunger and food security, global and local, is a good barometer for the wellbeing of the human community. The Bread for the World Institute Report and its updates on the progress of the Millennium Development Goals is an excellent resource for tracking food security and for guiding active Christian concern for connecting money and the common good, a concern grounded in eucharistic fellowship and trinitarian faith.