The Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn is concerned that the recent rash of foreclosures, if it continues, will degenerate the neighborhood into its recent crime-ridden past. To combat this possible future, the church has now begun offering “Housing Crisis” workshops alongside its Sunday school religious lessons.
Are pastors and Sunday school teachers extolling the values of living within your means, buying only what you can afford, and negotiating with creditors to manage your mortgage payments? No, the church is bringing in housing experts, unaffiliated I would assume, to speak to the congregation.
This program seems to be a good idea on the surface. I don’t think the religious setting would cause too much conflict. I think secular schools and other community institutions would benefit — and it would benefit their communities as well — by offering adult education courses following this example.
A Sunday school lesson in mortgages [Marketplace]