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Downward Mobility and Trickle-Up Economics

newsroomadminFebruary 21, 2013

Paul Louis Metzger, professor of Christian theology and theology of culture at Multnomah University, will be speaking in the A.T.O. Chapel February 26, 2013, from 11–1:00 p.m. He will be speaking as part of the Henry Center’s Trinity Symposia on “Downward Mobility and Trickle-Up Economics: A Trinitarian Reflection on Money and Power.”

Drawing from a communal and cruciform model of trinitarian thought, Metzger calls for “trickle-up economics.” This economic strategy involves developing social businesses among the poor to take ownership of their communities, as reflected in the works of John M. Perkins and Muhammad Yunus. Evangelicalism has struggled to address the structures of racism and poverty, and has often uncritically embraced money and power in pursuit of upward mobility and the “American Dream.” In view of the political and cultural challenges evangelicals face, now is the time to reevaluate our kingdom allegiances. Rather than being known for desiring power politics and material prosperity that fail to challenge economic disparity, we ought to be known for holding true to the downwardly mobile God who has tabernacled among us.

This event is free and open to the public, or anyone can join us online for the livestream.



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