When Helping Hurts

Medical Still LifeI have been thinking a bit about what our church is doing and could do to developing our community. It’s tricky because our society is a relatively safe one with regards to poverty. Yes, there are poor people, but usually that does not mean that they go hungry, or that they need shelter from the elements. That is mostly because we live in a state that offers some sort of a safety net. Furthermore, our church happens to meet in a relatively affluent part of London; lots of young professionals live around here, but there are gaps which I hope we can plug.

I am also aware that good intentions don’t necessarily always translate into helpful outcomes. So I am going to take part (from a distance) with this webinar called When Helping Hurts. It’s run by the Chalmers Centre for Economic and Community Development, which is based at my alma mater Covenant College.

Sometimes not doing something is better than doing something, not to say that should mean nothing should be done. Get it?

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