* 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.
³ UNICEF, Children in Conflict and Emergencies http://www.unicef.org/protection/index armed-conflict.html.
4 Street Children, http://www.unicef.org/sowc06/profiles/street.php.
5 Child Rights Information Network, http://www.crin.org/themes/viewtheme.asp?id=3.
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, http://www.globalissues.org/article/26/poverty-facts-and-stats.
9 Child Info, “Statistics by Area HIV/AIDS: Global and Regional Trends” http://www.childinfo.org/hiv_aids.html.
11 A Joint Report by UNAIDS, UNFPA, UNIFEM, “Women and HIVAIDS: Confronting the Statistics” http://www.unfpa.org/hiv/women/report/index.htm.
12 Child Info, “Statistics by Area HIV/AIDS: Global and Regional Trends” http://www.childinfo.org/hiv_aids.html.
13 2010 U.S. Census Bureau Report
14 Child Stats, “America‟s Children: Key National Indicators of Well-Being, 2009”, http://childstats.gov/americaschildren/glance.asp
15 Marian Wright Edelman, “Shooting Deaths of Children Rose for Second Straight Year,” The Huffington Post, October 5, 2009, http://www.huffingtonpost.com/marian-wright-edelman/shooting-deaths-of-childr_b_309539.html.
16 Children’s Defense Fund, “Protect Children, Not Guns 2008 Report,” http://www.childrensdefense.org/child-research-data-publications/data/protect-children-not-guns-report-2008.pdf.
17Center for Disease Control and Prevention, “10 Leading Causes of Death by Age Group – United States, 2008,” http://www.cdc.gov/injury/Images/LC-Charts/10lc%20-%20By%20Age%20Group%202006-7_6_09-a.pdf.
18Children’s Defense Fund, “Protect Children Instead of Guns 2000” - http://www.childrensdefense.org/child-research-data-publications/data/protect-children-not-guns-report-2000.pdf.
19 U.S. Department of Health, “Child Maltreatment 2007 Report,” http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/cb/pubs/cm07/chapter3.htm#child
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.