Film reveals new face of poverty

The new face of poverty in America is the subject of a new documentary film called The Line.
The public is invited to a free screening of the movie at Shepherd of the Hill Presbyterian Church in Chaska on Tuesday, Oct. 2 at 7 p.m. CST in conjunction with the premiere in Washington D.C. and sites all over the United States.
The Line is a groundbreaking documentary from Sojourners, a national Christian, non-partisan organization committed to faith in action for social justice, and Emmy Award-winning producer Linda Midgett.
It features real people, their struggles, and their inspiring and creative responses to the challenges they face. The goal of the film is to break through traditional political divides, foster honest dialogue, and refocus our society on the common good.
Shepherd of the Hill Pastor Gordon C. Stewart will host a discussion immediately following the 40-minute film as part of First Tuesday Dialogues, a community forum held at the church from October through May each year that examines critical public issues locally and globally.
“Poverty is a faith issue. When I learned about the film I thought we should show that here. It fits our First Tuesday Dialogues program mission,” Stewart said. “What is more critical than poverty? The middle class has been slipping for a long time now. The problems are structural. Hand outs — traditional Christian charity — don’t address the deeper problem.”
Stewart is a frequent contributor to Minnesota Public Radio’s “All Things Considered,” the StarTribune and MinnPost.com. His writing may also be found on his blog, “Views from the Edge: Social Commentary with Gordon C. Stewart” at www.GordonCStewart.com.
Working through Sojourners magazine, Sojourners’ website sojo.net, public speaking events, media outreach, educational resources, books, advocacy, and trainings, Sojourners is an internationally influential voice at the intersection of faith, politics, and culture.
Shepherd of the Hill Presbyterian Church is located at 145 Engler Blvd. in Chaska. For more information, visit www.shepherdofthehillchurch.com.

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