Magazine article Anglican Journal

Child Poverty - No Quick Fix: Faith Leaders Leave Meeting Empty Handed

Magazine article Anglican Journal

Child Poverty - No Quick Fix: Faith Leaders Leave Meeting Empty Handed

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British Columbia's government should devote more time to child poverty, Archbishop David Crawley said after a meeting with Premier Glen Clark Feb. 23 that yielded no ready solutions.

That was the view of many of 40 faith community leaders who joined Mr. Clark for the second of his meetings to discuss B.C.'s problems, the archbishop said.

"Everyone realizes it's a very complex problem," he said of child poverty, the main subject of the meeting. But, he added, "poverty was not part of God's original creation."

In a Vancouver Sun interview published the morning of the gathering, the premier took to task religious leaders who seemed less vocal on the subject of poverty than gambling.

Jeremy Bell, pastor of Kitsilano Christian Community Church, said Mr. Clark was absolutely right. "We have been too selective in the issues we raise and fight for," he said.

Mr. Bell, who helped set the agenda, said the faith community was one of the few groups on which government could download programs dealing with family concerns. …

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