* This is a revised statement of The Council of Bishops of the United Methodist Church entitled: “Children and Poverty: An Episcopal Initiative.” This revision of the statement, Faith in Action recommendations, Resources for the Pan-Methodist Campaign for Children in Poverty is done with permission.

Special appreciation to Caitlin Foley Phillips for her assistance in revising this edition of the booklet.

¹ Doctors Without Borders,[issue]=9&gclid=CNLL7OjukKACFRVZ2god6GOElg.

² Global Issues,

³ UNICEF, Children in Conflict and Emergencies armed-conflict.html.

4 Street Children,

5 Child Rights Information Network,

6 Pharis J.Harvey, “Where Children Work: Child Servitude in the Global Economy,” The Christian Century ( April 5, 1995).

7 State of the World’s Children (UNICEF, 1995).

8 Global Issues: Poverty Stats and Facts,

9 Child Info, “Statistics by Area HIV/AIDS: Global and Regional Trends”

10 Ibid.

11 A Joint Report by UNAIDS, UNFPA, UNIFEM, “Women and HIVAIDS: Confronting the Statistics”

12 Child Info, “Statistics by Area HIV/AIDS: Global and Regional Trends”

13 2010 U.S. Census Bureau Report

14 Child Stats, “America‟s Children: Key National Indicators of Well-Being, 2009”,

15 Marian Wright Edelman, “Shooting Deaths of Children Rose for Second Straight Year,” The Huffington Post, October 5, 2009,

16 Children’s Defense Fund, “Protect Children, Not Guns 2008 Report,”

17Center for Disease Control and Prevention, “10 Leading Causes of Death by Age Group – United States, 2008,”

18Children’s Defense Fund, “Protect Children Instead of Guns 2000” -

19 U.S. Department of Health, “Child Maltreatment 2007 Report,”

20 The Works of the Rev. John Wesley, M.A., ed. Thomas Jackson, 3rd edition, 14 vols. (London: Wesleyan Methodist Book Room, 1872; many later reprints), 8:308.

21 See Theodore W. Jennings, Jr., Good News to the Poor: John Wesley’s Evangelical Economics (Nashville: Abingdon Press, 1990), and M. Douglas Meeks (ed.), The Portion of the Poor: Good News to the Poor in the Wesleyan Tradition (Nashville: Kingswood Brooks, 1995).

22 Henry D. Rack, Reasonable Enthusiast: John Wesley and the Rise of Methodism (Nashville: Abingdon Press, 1992), 533.

23 Richard P. Heitzenrater, Wesley and the People Called Methodists (Nashville: Abingdon Press, 1995), 105-6.

24 Ibid, 232.

25 See Wesley’s Essay “Thoughts Upon Methodism,” dated August 4, 1787, and his sermon “On God’s Vineyard,” written in 1787 after Wesley visited the societies across England.


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