Sunday, July 1, 2012

Local Virginia pastor gives statistics on world wealth distribution

Sunday, July 1, at the first “summer season” service at Trinity Presbyterian Church in Arlington VA, Pastor Judith Fulp-Eickstaedt  arranged an interesting experiment, giving out 100 pink cards (not pink slips) to congregation members (the total attendance was about 130), representing status indicators for a statistically chosen 100 people for a “global village” – maybe Hillary Clinton’s in style.

60 live in Asia, 13 in Africa, 12 in Europe, 18 in Latin America and the Caribbean, 5 in North America.
48 live on less than $2 US a day.

30 are children under 18, and of these 15 live in poverty.

Only 7 have a college degree. 17 are illiterate.

22 own or share a computer, 30 have Internet access of some kind.  But about 70 have cell phone access.
50 are hungry part of the time, 1 will die of starvation, but 15 are overweight by current medical norms (of BMI).

She didn’t mention how many were adults with children, how many were married, how many had children outside of marriage, how many were childless, or how many self-identified as gay or lesbian.

She also said that 20% of the world’s population uses 80% of its resrouces.

6% of the population in the US controls 59% of its wealth.  74% control the next 39%. The remaining 20% have just 2%.

She did get into the idea that those with abundance should not have too much and should meet the needs (personally) of those without.

 Picture: The Church, outside, last Sunday; the robin hopped away before I could get his closeup picture. 

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