Sunday, October 17th
The International Day for the Eradication of Poverty has been observed on October 17th since 1993, when the United Nations General Assembly designated this day to promote awareness of the need to eradicate poverty and destitution in all countries.
The United Church of Canada is suggesting that this year would be a good time to reflect on the idea of a guaranteed livable income.
This page on the United Church of Canada provides a variety of resources.
The United Nations also has a page of information and resources.
Prayer for the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty
Dear crucified Christ,
it is you we remember and you to whom we pray.
In our liturgy and song, we worship you:
the one who healed the sick and called us to follow.
You ate at the table of Zacharias the sinner.
You befriended Mary Magdalene, an outcast of her day.
You enjoyed socializing, gathering disciples around the table
with plenty of wine to drink and bread to eat.
You read the words of Isaiah in the synagogue and
turned over the money changers’ tables in anger.
You were a threat to the church and the government because you proclaimed
the good news.
You walked with the people who were poor, ate with them, listened to them,
and loved them until the end.
We ask to have faith as we travel in solidarity with people who are poor.
We ask to be given strength to feed those of us who are hungry—
not with the crumbs that fall from rich tables
but with quality, dignity, equity, and hope.
We pray this day, asking not just what the government must do,
but what does this day of “eradicating poverty” call us,
the church and followers of you,
to do and to be.
—The Lateral Thinkers (a group in Victoria, BC) wrote this prayer collectively for The International Day for the Eradication of Poverty: the Rev. Keith Howard, the Rev. Barry Morris, the Rev. Al Tysick, and the Rev. Beth Walker.
~ from a link on the United Church of Canada’s International Day for the Eradication of Poverty page