As investment bankers plunk down their year-end bonuses to buy tract mansions in the suburbs, the people who scrub their toilets and bus their restaurant tables aren't feeling any richer. If anything, the working poor are falling further behind, even at this nation's most properous moment. Ron Sider, author of "Just Generosity," argues that Christians have a responsibility to care for the poor. Fortunately, larger U.S. institutions are now ready to welcome the contribution of religion to solving our most desperate social problems.

Join Ron for a three-week dialogue group to discuss a concrete agenda for ending the scandal of poverty in America. Talk about how individuals and faith-based organizations can motivate themselves and start practical programs. Share your stories of frustration and your strategies that work in the fight against poverty.

Sign up to participate in the dialogue, which begins on February 21. When it starts, visit the group's boards as often as you like to post your thoughts. Ron Sider will post every few days.

Ron Sider is the founder and president of Evangelicals for Social Action and publisher of Prism magazine. He launched the "Generous Christians Campaign" in 1997 to encourage Christians to make an active commitment to fight poverty. He is a professor of theology and culture at Eastern Seminary in Philadelphia and the author of more than 20 books.

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