Dr. Stoner-Eby’s First Year Seminar, “Half of Our Family Earns $2 a Day,” is discussed in today’s Harrisburg Patriot-News. Here is a snippet from the article, entitled “Monsters, UFOs Join College Curriculums.”
Messiah also offers “From Hollywood to Timbuktu,” a course that examines how Africa and Africans have been depicted in film from the African and Western viewpoints; “Strengthening Families Through Play,” about how sharing play and leisure activities strengthens families; and “Half of Our Family Earns $2 A Day,” a Christian look at poverty.
Anne Marie Stoner-Eby, Messiah associate professor of history, teaches the latter course.
“As Christians, we believe we are the global body of Christ,” she said. “We have to ask ourselves, What is our responsibility to other Christians? We have a huge economic divide that has gotten wider over 30 years. We may be rich in money, but others are richer in faith, community, family and culture. Half of our human family earns $2 a day.”
Stoner-Eby said she hopes that her capacity class of 18 students “thinks about all of this. My goal is to develop awareness why we have poverty and what people can do about it in the global Christian family.”