Throughout history, faith-based organizations have been at the forefront of support for, and empowerment of, marginalized populations. Defining the parameters of marginalization continues to require flexible markers, particularly as global economic shifts thwart traditional methods of identification. Many such associations advance the religious cause while creating opportunities to expand charity and relief to institutionally or self-identified poverty groups. While many such organizations focus on a single area of support or isolate their efforts to a single region or people group, the Church World Service (CWS) offers solutions for the elimination of poverty and hunger to promote peace and justice around the world.

Mass societal change often occurs as a result of a paradigm shift or emerges out of necessity after a catastrophe. The ravages of war ...

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