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Everybody Has the Right to Live! A Poor People’s Moral Budget
February 26, 1:00 pm - February 27, 5:00 pm
Instructor: Charon Hribar
Date: Friday, Feb. 26, 1:00 – 6:00 pm | Saturday, Feb. 27, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Format: This two-day intensive course will be held online, through synchronous sessions. Registrants are expected to attend full-time, for both days.
Budgets are moral documents. In a time of unprecedented productivity no one should be without the basic necessities of life and yet, in the US, 140 million people are poor or low income and billions more are poor worldwide. This course examines The Poor People’s Moral Budget, which was developed through the demands of the grassroots fusion movement – the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival. The budget shows that our nation has abundant resources to meet the demands of the poor and address the widespread and systemic injustices we face. We will explore the theological and Biblical questions inherent in budgets, namely how our society decides to share God’s abundant resources. And we will show how the Poor People’s Moral Budget helps to challenge the narratives of scarcity, individualism, and neoliberalism and affirms the need to build a social movement grounded in the leadership of the poor.
Charon Hribar is the Director of Cultural Strategies at the Kairos Center for Religions, Rights, and Social Justice. She also serves as the Co-Coordinator of Arts and Culture for the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival. Over the past 15 years, Charon has been dedicated to the work of political education, leadership development, and integrating the use of arts and culture for movement building with community and religious leaders across the country. Believing that music is a powerful tool for social change, Charon is a vocalist who uses and teaches the art of protest music to embody the connections of culture, art, and history and promote collective action. Charon has a B.A. from Mercyhurst College (2002) and an M.Div. from Union Theological Seminary (2007). She received her Ph.D. in Religion and Society from Drew University where she also served as the coordinator of Drew University’s PREP (Partnership for Religion and Education in Prisons) Program at Northern State Prison in Newark, NJ. Charon is also a trainer with the Veteran Organizing Institute, a veteran-led program to develop the leadership and organizing skills of veterans who are working for progressive social change.
Originally from Aliquippa, PA (a small steel town 30 minutes north of Pittsburgh), her passion for justice and liberation grew from a family rooted in the values of Catholic Social Teaching and strong labor unions. As a liberation theologian and ethicist, Charon is interested in exploring the capacity of Christian social ethics to re-imagine a radical response to systemic racism, a growing disparity of wealth and poverty, militarism, and ecological devastation today.