We the Taxpayers
An Interfaith Conversation on How We Share Our Nation’s Wealth
Poverty and inequality are on the rise, and many elected officials claim we don’t have enough money to create the communities we want — communities with quality education, dignified healthcare, and clean, safe places to live, work, play, and pray. In truth, all we need is public support for a strong enough tax base to build those things together.
Our choices about the way we use and move money can bring us closer to God’s intentions for abundance, or drive the fragments of our nation farther apart. NETWORK believes we can create a Faithful Budget that includes reasonable revenue for responsible programs and services that serve the common good.
Weaving together our commitment to justice with the tools of interactive, multimedia education, NETWORK’s tax justice curriculum We the Taxpayers will empower you to transform your community’s conversations about how we can shape public budgets to reflect our values.
The way we spend our tax dollars reflects the priorities we have as a nation. We the Taxpayers, Lesson Four
Our facilitators guide and accompanying videos provide you with everything you need to lead an interfaith conversation about tax justice with small or large groups. We the Taxpayers is designed to be conducted over six sessions of 60-90 minutes each, and can easily be adapted for use with adults from all backgrounds and perspectives.
Participants will learn about the relationship between taxes and wealth inequality, different kinds of taxes, what essential programs and services our taxes can pay for, and about how we can build a just tax system together. Each lesson provides opportunities for discussion and reflection on how our faith calls us to seek the good of the whole community.
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Be sure to let us know how you have used this curriculum in your own community by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.