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Film director and producer Michael Matheson Miller of the Acton Institute introduced his film POVERTY, INC. at Ohio Christian University’s Chapel Service before its showing in the Robert W. Plaster Free Enterprise Center (OCUBIC) on November 14. Miller also addressed the School of Business & Government’s students in a session of its Distinguished Speakers Series, focusing his talk on causes of chronic poverty and how to improve the model for delivering aid.

Winner of 60+ international film festival honors, the Templeton Freedom Award, and the Best Documentary Award from the FIFE Environmental Film Festival in Paris, this documentary explores a fundamentally Christian principle of selfless agape love for others which has contributed to its positive reception by diverse audiences. Spotlighting flaws in global aid and social development, this engaging film examines unsuccessful efforts to aid the poor in developing nations.

POVERTY INC. underscores the importance of meeting the challenges of worldwide poverty by seeing ‘the poor’ as human beings whose needs are best to be met by treating them as ‘subjects’ deserving of the compassion and respect of providers of humanitarian charity. Showing Christ’s selfless agape love of others enables ‘human flourishing,’ the aim of givers. Such caring goes beyond delivering material resources and social engineering. 

Miller asserts that technocratic approaches to social engineering have not succeeded in eliminating poverty because they view the poor as ‘objects’ with problems to be solved. They fail because they are naïve intervention. “Instead of seeing the poor as objects to be treated, the givers of charity should view the needy as ‘subjects’ to be cared for and loved,” concludes Miller.

Miller studies the effects of humanitarian aid programs and the model for delivering assistance with their best intentions. He critiques the ‘mental model’ behind these efforts, drawing from his observations and studies of communities who are receiving aid. He concludes that “givers of aid need to address the causes of chronic poverty.  Namely, the poor lack of ability to establish clear ownership of land, exclusion from access to courts of law for justice, barriers to participation in the formal economy, and lack of access to capital resources, i.e., business loans."  

Miller summarizes his view of why aid programs have fallen short by paraphrasing a philosopher’s adage that “When charity is separated from the truth about the situation it degenerates into sentimentality.”

Articles of Interest

Student Profile: Kaleb Blevins Pursues His Calling image

Student Profile: Kaleb Blevins Pursues His Calling

Student Profile: Kaleb Blevins Pursues His Calling image

Published: December 6, 2018

By Amber Ginter ‘19 Ohio Christian University (OCU) senior Kaleb Blevins has embraced a calling beyond his chosen vocation. Graduating a year early with a degree in Sports and Business Management, Blevins is dedicated to many volunteer activities. Participating and leading in faith-focused programs is his calling. Blevins leads a Bible study at Bloom Carol’s Catalyst High School and participates in an Apprenticeship at Grace Fellowship that inform his higher education. Having a passion for youth, playing and teaching piano, coaching and playing soccer, and leading groups, Blevins
By Amber Ginter ‘19 Ohio Christian University (OCU) senior Kaleb Blevins has embraced a calling beyond his chosen vocation. Graduating a year early with a degree in Sports and Business Management, Blevins is dedicated to many volunteer activities. Participating and leading in faith-focused programs is his calling. Blevins leads a Bible study at Bloom Carol’s Catalyst High School and
By Amber Ginter ‘19 Ohio Christian University (OCU) senior Kaleb Blevins has embraced a calling beyond his chosen vocation. Graduating a year early with a degree in Sports and Business Management
OCU Accounting Students Tour Kenworth Facilities

Accounting Majors Tour Kenworth Manufacturing Facility

OCU Accounting Students Tour Kenworth Facilities

Published: November 28, 2018

Ohio Christian University's Business School accounting students, led by Professors Betsy Magill and Lane Patrick, met with Kenworth’s accounting management staff on October 25, 2018. Assistant Controller Ron Butterbaugh and Human Resources Manager Brian Putnam led the group on the tour.  Kenworth has manufactured trucks since 1923. Students toured the factory where the Kenworth trucks are produced. They saw the assembly of raw materials, truck production in progress, and the finished units. They watched as the trucks were assembled, including viewing the components and parts that go
Ohio Christian University's Business School accounting students, led by Professors Betsy Magill and Lane Patrick, met with Kenworth’s accounting management staff on October 25, 2018. Assistant Controller Ron Butterbaugh and Human Resources Manager Brian Putnam led the group on the tour.  Kenworth has manufactured trucks since 1923. Students toured the factory where the Kenworth trucks are
Ohio Christian University's Business School accounting students, led by Professors Betsy Magill and Lane Patrick, met with Kenworth’s accounting management staff on October 25, 2018. Assistant
8th Annual Small Business Round Table

Business Roundtable Offers Great Advice

8th Annual Small Business Round Table

Published: November 28, 2018

Ohio Christian University’s School of Business & Government® hosted their 8th annual Small Business Round Table on Thursday, November 1, 2018, at the Robert W. Plaster Free Enterprise Center, the University's facility for business development and innovation. This event brought together over eighty students and four small business owners. The discussion focused on starting and managing a small business. Business executives at this year’s Round Table were Jesse Lear and Travis Smith, founders of V.I.P Waste Services; Mike Cessna, owner of My Auto Care, Bella Freight, and Redline Wear; 
Ohio Christian University’s School of Business
Ohio Christian University’s School of Business
Ohio Christian Sees Startup Center as 'Front Door' for Business Community image

Ohio Christian Sees Startup Center as 'Front Door' for Business Community

Ohio Christian Sees Startup Center as 'Front Door' for Business Community image

Published: November 1, 2018

By Emily Bench, Staff reporter, Columbus Business First John Kulaga sees Ohio Christian University as an important partner in Pickaway County’s educational and economic development efforts. Kulaga, president of the Circleville school since last year, said to reach not only the school's business students but also the community at large, Ohio Christian last August launched the Robert W. Plaster Free Enterprise Center. "We are a great front door for anyone who wants to do business here," he said. "The 22,000-square-foot, collaborative space is very much community endeavor," Kulaga said
By Emily Bench, Staff reporter, Columbus Business First John Kulaga sees Ohio Christian University as an important partner in Pickaway County’s educational and economic development efforts. Kulaga, president of the Circleville school since last year, said to reach not only the school's business students but also the community at large, Ohio Christian last August launched the Robert W.
By Emily Bench, Staff reporter, Columbus Business First John Kulaga sees Ohio Christian University as an important partner in Pickaway County’s educational and economic development efforts. Kulaga
Tony Perkins Keynotes OCU Chapel Service image

Tony Perkins Keynotes OCU Chapel Service

Tony Perkins Keynotes OCU Chapel Service image

Published: October 23, 2018

Anthony R. Perkins, president of the Family Research Council, a conservative policy and lobbying organization based in Washington, D.C., gave the message at Ohio Christian University’s Chapel Service on Monday, October 22. His visit was a stop on the Council’s “For the Sake of America: Stand Strong in the Lord” national road tour and part of the University’s School and Business and Government annual Distinguished Speaker Series. Perkins addressed the need for Christians in America to show courage in the face of threats to the tenets of the faith. The keystone of his message is
Anthony R. Perkins, president of the Family Research Council, a conservative policy and lobbying organization based in Washington, D.C., gave the message at Ohio Christian University’s Chapel Service on Monday, October 22. His visit was a stop on the Council’s “For the Sake of America: Stand Strong in the Lord” national road tour and part of the University’s School and Business and
Anthony R. Perkins, president of the Family Research Council, a conservative policy and lobbying organization based in Washington, D.C., gave the message at Ohio Christian University’s Chapel

Archived Articles of Interest

OCU Hosts Discussion on Religious Freedom  image

OCU Hosts Discussion on Religious Freedom

OCU Hosts Discussion on Religious Freedom  image

Published: March 30, 2016

Ohio Christian University’s School of Business and Government welcomed Michael Berry to campus as a guest speaker last month. Berry spoke on the topic of religious freedom in relation to his work with First Liberty Institute (formerly known as Liberty Institute). OCU believes that exposing students to a depth of knowledge and experience is a vital component in creating a firm foundation for their future. Each semester, dozens of honored guests are welcomed to campus so that students may engage in an open dialogue about the issues of today with some of the brightest minds in their
Ohio Christian University’s School of Business and Government welcomed Michael Berry to campus as a guest speaker last month. Berry spoke on the topic of religious freedom in relation to his work with First Liberty Institute (formerly known as Liberty Institute). OCU believes that exposing students to a depth of knowledge and experience is a vital component in creating a firm foundation for
Ohio Christian University’s School of Business and Government welcomed Michael Berry to campus as a guest speaker last month. Berry spoke on the topic of religious freedom in relation to his work
OCU Welcomes Former Wall Street Journal Editor to Campus image

OCU Welcomes Former Wall Street Journal Editor to Campus

OCU Welcomes Former Wall Street Journal Editor to Campus image

Published: March 24, 2016

Ohio Christian University was pleased to welcome Stephen Moore as a guest speaker on Wednesday,March 23, 2016. Moore spoke on the topic of Regaining American Prosperity, offering finical advice and economic commentary to OCU Business
Ohio Christian University was pleased to welcome Stephen Moore as a guest speaker on Wednesday,March 23, 2016. Moore spoke on the topic of Regaining American Prosperity, offering finical advice and economic commentary to OCU Business
Ohio Christian University was pleased to welcome Stephen Moore as a guest speaker on Wednesday,March 23, 2016. Moore spoke on the topic of Regaining American Prosperity, offering finical advice and
OCU MBA Ranks 5th in Central Ohio  image

OCU MBA Ranks 5th in Central Ohio

OCU MBA Ranks 5th in Central Ohio  image

Published: December 15, 2015

Ohio Christian University now ranks fifth in Central Ohio for MBA programs according to a recent release from Columbus Business First. The announcement came as a part of Columbus Business First’s annual MBA Program List release, which ranks Central Ohio schools based on Fall enrollment numbers. OCU moved up three spots from 2014.  To view the full list, click here. If you’re looking for a career boost, an MBA from Ohio Christian University provides the leaders of today and tomorrow with the knowledge and skills required to succeed in a competitive business environment. The program
Ohio Christian University now ranks fifth in Central Ohio for MBA programs according to a recent release from Columbus Business First. The announcement came as a part of Columbus Business First’s annual MBA Program List release, which ranks Central Ohio schools based on Fall enrollment numbers. OCU moved up three spots from 2014.  To view the full list, click here. If you’re looking for a
Ohio Christian University now ranks fifth in Central Ohio for MBA programs according to a recent release from Columbus Business First. The announcement came as a part of Columbus Business First’s
MBA Student Values Faith in Learning image

MBA Student Values Faith in Learning

MBA Student Values Faith in Learning image

Published: September 25, 2015

                At Ohio Christian University, we take much pride in our students and their success, so the academic quality we produce to get them there is a huge priority to us.                 These academic priorities are evident to OCU student, Jalinda Wilson. With an undergrad degree under her belt, Jalinda transferred from a secular college to OCU and joined our MBA program.  She says, “What I like the best about attending OCU is that I am getting a quality education with a Christian perspective.  My undergrad was done at a secular college and in many of the classes, I
                At Ohio Christian University, we take much pride in our students and their success, so the academic quality we produce to get them there is a huge priority to us.                 These academic priorities are evident to OCU student, Jalinda Wilson. With an undergrad degree under her belt, Jalinda transferred from a secular college to OCU and joined our MBA program. 
                At Ohio Christian University, we take much pride in our students and their success, so the academic quality we produce to get them there is a huge priority to us
Senator Rob Portman Visits OCU, Speaks with Students image

Senator Rob Portman Visits OCU, Speaks with Students

Senator Rob Portman Visits OCU, Speaks with Students image

Published: September 1, 2015

Senator Rob Portman Visits OCU, Speaks with Students   “I’m Rob Portman. I work for you.”   That’s how Senator Rob Portman introduced himself to a room full of community leaders, students, and press at Ohio Christian University this afternoon.   Ohio Christian University was pleased to welcome Sen. Rob Portman to campus today for a roundtable discussion on economic development and human trafficking awareness. Economic leaders from Fayette, Ross, Pickaway, and Franklin counties were present to discuss how the region’s role in business and workforce
Senator Rob Portman Visits OCU, Speaks with Students   “I’m Rob Portman. I work for you.”   That’s how Senator Rob Portman introduced himself to a room full of community leaders, students, and press at Ohio Christian University this afternoon.   Ohio Christian University was pleased to welcome Sen. Rob Portman to campus today for a roundtable discussion on
Senator Rob Portman Visits OCU, Speaks with Students   “I’m Rob Portman. I work for you.”   That’s how Senator Rob Portman introduced himself to a room full of community