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Agora | Global Poverty and Local Advocacy: Seeing, Caring, and Engaging

Global Poverty combines two words that for the majority of us describes something abstract that impacts people somewhere else. But to millions of people, both near and far, these words describe the daily realities of violence, disease, hunger, injustice, and despair.

On October 19 Agora and the ONE Campaign will host "Global Poverty and Local Advocacy: Seeing, Caring, and Engaging" at W83 Ministry Center. Michael Gerson, Edith Jibunoh, and Tim Keller will discuss some of the issues contributing to global poverty, ways we can engage in the fight against it, and the moral vision necessary to unite our collective efforts.

Michael Gerson is an op-ed columnist for The Washington Post and a Policy Fellow with the ONE Campaign; Edith Jibunoh is World Bank Group’s Civil Society Adviser and former Global Policy Director at the ONE Campaign; Tim Keller is the founder of Redeemer Presbyterian Church.

Bridging the gap between those who know of the existence of Global Poverty and those who experience its devastation requires honest dialogue and active engagement at all levels of society.

Tickets are $15 - purchase them here.

Doors open at 7:00 p.m., program starts at 7:30.

What is Agora?
In Greco-Roman times, the Agora (or marketplace) was the hub of urban life — a center for commerce and trade, as well as the sharing of ideas. Today, through an ongoing series of conversations around topics important to New Yorkers, W83 Ministry Center strives to be a place where relevant and important issues of the day are being discussed.

Agora: Conversations for the Common Good at W83 Ministry Center is presented by Redeemer West Side. See below for a note from Reverend David Bisgrove.

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In her book “The Human Condition” Hannah Arendt argues that public space is crucial for the health of a society. She wrote: The end of the common world has come when it is seen only under one aspect and is permitted to present itself in only one perspective. 

This idea of citizens discussing things that matter and exchanging positions, and through that exchange developing a moral vision, was the ideal of the Agora in the ancient Greek and Roman cultures. Agora, presented by Redeemer West Side, was started as an extension of our community to encourage “conversations for the common good.”

I’d like to invite you to an upcoming conversation hosted by Agora and the ONE Campaign - "Global Poverty and Local Advocacy: Seeing, Caring, and Engaging," on the evening of October 19. As someone who cares about engaging important topics like Global Poverty, I would be honored for you to join us. 

Rev. David Bisgrove
Redeemer Presbyterian Church, West Side

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