02/21/2012 10:52 am ET Updated Feb 21, 2012

Faith Inspires: Union Theological Seminary's Poverty Initiative

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This week's Faith Inspires highlights the Union Theological Seminary's Poverty Initiative, based in New York City. On a mission to "raise up generations of religious and community leaders committed to building a movement to end poverty," the Poverty Initiative educates destitute community members through its Poverty Scholars Program while organizing poverty-conscious religious leaders through Theological Education courses.

This month, the Poverty Initiative embarked on an extensive book tour for "Pedagogy of the Poor," the latest in a series of anti-poverty publications that seek to empower and uplift community leaders. PI's website is abundant with free faith-based educational resources and its web of partners is truly world wide.

HuffPost Religion applauds the good works of the Poverty Initiative. Now, we want to hear from you! Who's making a positive impact in your community? Let us know by sending an e-mail to or tweeting to @huffpostrelig with the hashtag #faithinspires.