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Discussion of POVERTY, INC. Offers Christian Insight image

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

Married to the Family Business image

Married to the Family Business

Married to the Family Business image

Published: July 21, 2015

Generally speaking, most people become an entrepreneur because they have created a product or service that will add value to a community. However, some people who enter entrepreneurship as a result of their relationships. Mandy Way, a recent MBA graduate from OCU, is a part of this category. Upon marrying her husband, Cameron Way, she became joint manager of Way Farms, a local produce company in Waverly, OH. Since it was founded in 2003 and became an LLC in 2008, Way Farms has been very successful, due to the support of its community and competency of its managers. Their goal - to
Generally speaking, most people become an entrepreneur because they have created a product or service that will add value to a community. However, some people who enter entrepreneurship as a result of their relationships. Mandy Way, a recent MBA graduate from OCU, is a part of this category. Upon marrying her husband, Cameron Way, she became joint manager of Way Farms, a local produce
Generally speaking, most people become an entrepreneur because they have created a product or service that will add value to a community. However, some people who enter entrepreneurship as a result
Create Your Future image

Create Your Future

Create Your Future image

Published: June 25, 2015

Local Entrepreneurs Share Five Tips for Success   Businesses are sprouting up everywhere; from local mom-and-pop shops, to national chains, to global empires, there’s no doubt that this is the age of the entrepreneur. Shows such as Shark Tank and The Profit validate the American dream and are encouraging men and women of all ages to bring the ideas they have to market. As this phenomenon continues, it’s safe to say that many are opting to create their dream job rather than following traditional career paths. Two such entrepreneurs are J.D. Hyman and Ben Caplan, founders of local
Local Entrepreneurs Share Five Tips for Success   Businesses are sprouting up everywhere; from local mom-and-pop shops, to national chains, to global empires, there’s no doubt that this is the age of the entrepreneur. Shows such as Shark Tank and The Profit validate the American dream and are encouraging men and women of all ages to bring the ideas they have to market. As this phenomenon
Local Entrepreneurs Share Five Tips for Success   Businesses are sprouting up everywhere; from local mom-and-pop shops, to national chains, to global empires, there’s no doubt that this is the age
School of Business and Government Hosts Distinguished Speaker Series image

School of Business and Government Hosts Distinguished Speaker Series

School of Business and Government Hosts Distinguished Speaker Series image

Published: April 15, 2015

On March 31st the School of Business and Government hosted Dr. Jay Richards and Dr. Anne Bradley as a part of the Distinguished Speaker Series.Dr. Anne Rathbone Bradley is the Vice President of Economic Initiatives at the Institute, where she develops and commissions research toward a systematic biblical theology of economic freedom. She is a visiting professor at Georgetown University, and also teaches at The Institute for World Politics and George Mason University. She is an editor of and contributing author to IFWE’s recently released book, For the Least of These: A Biblical Answer
On March 31st the School of Business and Government hosted Dr. Jay Richards and Dr. Anne Bradley as a part of the Distinguished Speaker Series.Dr. Anne Rathbone Bradley is the Vice President of Economic Initiatives at the Institute, where she develops and commissions research toward a systematic biblical theology of economic freedom. She is a visiting professor at Georgetown University, and
On March 31st the School of Business and Government hosted Dr. Jay Richards and Dr. Anne Bradley as a part of the Distinguished Speaker Series.Dr. Anne Rathbone Bradley is the Vice President of
Employment Basics for Student Workers image

Employment Basics for Student Workers

Employment Basics for Student Workers image

Published: October 21, 2014

On Friday, October 10th, the Ohio Christian University Career Services Department presented training for 117 work-study students called the Basics of Employment. This training covered essential information to help students be successful in their jobs.  The three-hour training presented topics that focused on transferable and personal skills that students will carry over into their careers.Some of the topics covered were:The impact of their role in upholding the University missionThe impact of tardiness and absenteeismThe impact of lost productivity employers incur while students are
On Friday, October 10th, the Ohio Christian University Career Services Department presented training for 117 work-study students called the Basics of Employment. This training covered essential information to help students be successful in their jobs.  The three-hour training presented topics that focused on transferable and personal skills that students will carry over into their careers.
On Friday, October 10th, the Ohio Christian University Career Services Department presented training for 117 work-study students called the Basics of Employment. This training covered essential
Career Services Offers Workshop Blitz image

Career Services Offers Workshop Blitz

Career Services Offers Workshop Blitz image

Published: September 25, 2014

On Tuesday, September 23, Career Services offered the first Workshop Blitz to OCU students. There were 38 students in attendance for the three-hour event.  The Blitz offered students an opportunity to participate in a multitude of workshops all held in one evening to help prepare them to enter the workforce.One portion of the workshop featured Lori Bentz from Brooks Brothers Clothing, Jeffersonville, Ohio, illustrating proper dress attire to wear for an interview. Students participated in a tie tying competition as well as a scarf tying demonstration. Students also had a demonstration
On Tuesday, September 23, Career Services offered the first Workshop Blitz to OCU students. There were 38 students in attendance for the three-hour event.  The Blitz offered students an opportunity to participate in a multitude of workshops all held in one evening to help prepare them to enter the workforce.One portion of the workshop featured Lori Bentz from Brooks Brothers Clothing,
On Tuesday, September 23, Career Services offered the first Workshop Blitz to OCU students. There were 38 students in attendance for the three-hour event.  The Blitz offered students an opportunity