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A Pastor Marches for a Moral Economy


Reverend Dr. Gabby Cudjoe-Wilkes and Reverend Andrew Wilkes at the Poor People’s Campaign’s Moral March on Washington, June 2022. (Photo provided via The Poor People’s Campaign marched on Washington to demand action on poverty. Here’s why one pastor joined them.

To Reverend Andrew Wilkes, inequality is a dire and immoral injustice. The pastor and political scientist spends every Sunday considering how to build a more equitable economy with his New York congregation.

“From unemployment to health care outcomes, virtually every issue hits poor folks the hardest,” he told me.

As a result, pastors like him have more prayers to shepherd, more funerals to perform, and more concerns to ease — “not because it’s God’s will or because fate declared it,” he said, “but because identifiable policy choices have created burdens on people that should be lifted.”

These choices include the lapse of pandemic-era protections for housing and paychecks, the unrealized necessity of universal healthcare, the prohibitive costs of higher education, and the destruction of voting rights and our environment, he said.

These are choices that “haunt the lives of folk who are of faith.”A similar cause for mourning? The pandemic’s unconscionable inflation of billionaire wealth, which has surged by nearly $2 trillion in […]

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