Through both praxis and reflection, students engage with issues in modern day homelessness and the role faith communities may play in addressing it. Students explore how modern-day homelessness developed and grew in the United States, how has it been understood as a social problem, the history of advocacy and activism in response, and what role moral discourse (or ethical concerns) from faith communities can play in the public debate. Students engage these questions through advocacy/service opportunities and critically reflect on these experiences through readings and group discussion. Together we examine the theological, spiritual, and moral framework needed to challenge a system that criminalizes poor communities in a time of great abundance. Faith communities can become much more engaged in the interplay of public policy/practice, empirical evidence, legal advocacy, and organizing, and the course explores how faith leaders can do so.
- Professor: Elizabeth Theoharis