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The Great Evil of Our Time


…there should exist among the citizens neither extreme poverty nor, again, excessive wealth, for both are productive of great evil.”   –Plato

Inequality is the great evil of our time, threatening the very lives of people and democracy itself.  We will explore why inequality has been escalating for over 40 years and some of the myths that may prevent us from realizing the full impact it has on our lives and our society.  As a people of faith, we will explore our moral imperative to act in tangible ways to reverse runaway inequality as an act of love for all of life itself.

The Rev. Connie Yost is an ordained UU minister affiliated with West Hills UU Fellowship.  She currently serves as President of the Board of Farm Worker Ministry Northwest, and on the board of the National Farm Worker Ministry.  She is the founder and coordinator of Friends Stay Warm, a nonprofit ministry dedicated to supporting low-wage workers and immigrant detainees through cash assistance and advocacy.   She serves on the Faith Labor Committee of Portland Jobs with Justice and is the Treasurer of the Oregon Poor People’s Campaign.  Connie also serves as a trained spiritual director, preacher, teacher, activist, and minister of rites of passage.

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