Donna R. Matteis is a Ph.D. Candidate in Christian Social Ethics in the Graduate Division of Religion at Drew University, Madison, NJ. She is also the President of the European Descent Lutheran Association for Racial Justice, an ethnic specific ministry of the ELCA.
“There is much to agree with in Dr. Cumming’s presentation. Among other things, his economy of grace rejects the notion that poverty is a sign of a character defect. His proposed economy rejects profiting at the expense of another and calls us not to be complacent in the face of inequality. He argues for a structural analysis of poverty, an acknowledgement that we live in a society of centers and margins, and that we consider the most vulnerable among us. I must admit, however, that with a focus on our most vulnerable neighbor, I kept waiting for a discussion of race to be raised, as people of color, especially women of color, and American Indians are the most economically vulnerable in the US, when it comes to income inequality.”