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“Spiritual Stimulus Package” for Kentuckians

December 22, 2008

Louisville, KY – Churches and religious organizations have a history of providing care, comfort, clothing and food during tough economic times. Several Kentucky churches are going beyond those basics during the current economic downtown.

The Rev. David Meredith, a United Methodist Church pastor, is helping to coordinate church response in Kentucky and Ohio. He's focusing on people who have lost their jobs, and suggests setting up a church meeting once a week to address the spiritual and emotional side of losing employment.

"It includes prayer and some devotional reflection. Sharing – where people are, what they're feeling, what they're doing, and how they're doing."

Rev. Meredith says church members can also use the meeting to network as they look for jobs.

Kim Bobo, the executive director of Interfaith Worker Justice, says they've designed a "spiritual stimulus package" for churches to help get information to those newly unemployed. It provides guidelines and prayers to help lift up those struggling with the loss of a job, or a home foreclosure.

"In the midst of this economic crisis, it is clearly a time when the religious community is stepping up to the plate."

Bobo says churches without the means to set up special meetings and services can make prayer requests for those searching for jobs.

Deborah Smith/Deb Courson, Public News Service - KY