The Church of the Poor (ThS 599L)
This course introduces the student to a theology of the Church for the Poor. In a poor Church, the body of Christ is seen as afflicted by sin and the poverty of our fallen condition. God’s perfect response to our most profound poverty is his mercy shown to us in a most improbable way, through God’s own poverty in the kenosis of Christ. In taking on our humanity, God chose to share in our human condition and used the same condition of poverty to accomplish our salvation. Believers must understand therefore that the poor have much to teach us. A Church formed and shaped from the experience of poverty, is a Church that recognizes the poor as having and being the healing and salutary properties for its own existence and meaning in the world.