Living Justice

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A Gospel Response to Poverty

Looking for a resource to discuss, reflect, and take action on poverty in your community?

Living Justice: A Gospel Response to Poverty is a book for Christian faith communities trying to live out the justice mandate to love the stranger, the widow, and the orphan, and to seek just relations within society. It is a resource for people interested in learning more about the situation of poverty in Canada, exploring the Christian call to respond, and searching for ways to engage and create change. It includes reflections, discussion questions, activities, and prayers that will provide insight into the situation of poverty in Canada, the challenges and opportunities we face as a society, and actions that we, as Christians, can take.

Living Justice takes a fresh look at poverty with theological perspectives representative of various Christian traditions – Anglican, Evangelical, Roman Catholic, Christian Reformed, Lutheran, Mennonite, Presbyterian, and United.

Recognizing the complexity of poverty and the various ways in which it impacts each and every one of us, Living Justice goes beyond material (or physical) poverty and explores emotional, community, and spiritual poverty as well. Material poverty is understood as a lack of money, resources, housing, and/or livelihood, while emotional poverty is about personal brokenness, isolation, and/or vulnerability. Emotional poverty can be experienced by anyone, regardless of their social or economic condition. Community poverty, in turn, relates to situations of separation within society, division and a lack of cohesiveness among people living in close proximity to one another, and/or misunderstanding between members of society. Finally, spiritual poverty is understood as the separation of faith and action, personal fear and woundedness, broken relationships, distance from God, and an inability to see God’s image in the face of others.

Living Justice is a learning guide that can be used at the discretion of the reader. The format is best suited to small group discussion and engagement over a period of weeks or months. The booklet also contains elements that could be used in worship or for personal times of reflection. Most of the activities are designed to be carried out in church meeting spaces; some require more physical space, preparation, or coordination with local organizations.

All of the materials in Living Justice are intended to invite prayerful contemplation and action in order to reduce the burden for those living in poverty, and ultimately to see that poverty is eliminated.

CPJ regularly facilitates workshops on faith, poverty in Canada and public justice using “Living Justice.” Contact Darlene O’Leary for more information.


  • Inspired by the Old Testament call “to seek justice, love kindness and walk humbly with your God,” (Micah 6:8) and driven by the belief that, working together, we can build a better world, Karri is an enthusiastic advocate for positive social change. Karri has over fifteen years experience in the international development community and a strong background in policy analysis, network coordination, and government relations. She co-chaired the Global Economic Justice Program Committee of KAIROS and sat on the International Affairs Committee of the Presbyterian Church in Canada. She was also the Coordinator of the Canadian Council for International Cooperation’s Americas Policy Group for several years. As CPJ's Senior Policy Analyst, Karri provides leadership in organizational efforts to influence systemic change to eliminate poverty in Canada and address climate change globally. She was the founding Coordinator of Dignity for All: The Campaign for a Poverty-Free Canada, and co-editor of Living Ecological Justice: A Biblical Response to the Environmental Crisis (2013) and Living Justice: A Gospel Response to Poverty (2011). Karri has a Master’s Degree from the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs (Carleton University) and an Honours Bachelor of Arts Degree in International Studies and Political Science (York University). She attends All Saints' Anglican Church (Westboro) with her husband and three young children. Karri joined the CPJ team in September 2008.

  • Rev. Adam Snook is a husband, father, and Lutheran pastor in Mahone Bay, Nova Scotia. He is the co-editor of CPJ’s book, Living Justice.


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