Hungry? Homeless? College Student? How banks stole the future of a generation


Homeless Students

We have a generational moral and economic crisis on our hands today.

More young adults today are working and homeless. Add to that the fact that more and more college students are also homeless and hungry.  I know college chaplains who tell me they are dealing with this crisis on their campuses.  Students are going hungry and they are “couch surfing” because they can’t afford housing.

And when these students graduate, if they can, what do they find?  The unemployment rate for their generation (13.7 percent) is nearly double that of the nation as a whole.

Young adults today call themselves the “Lost Generation”; they write about being “crippled by college debt and graduated into a struggling economy…[with] little chance to find gainful employment in their chosen fields.” They “take temporary jobs they are overqualified for.”

They are not lost; they have been cheated out of at least a decade of their lives.

Let’s be very clear. This is a moral crisis as well as an economic crisis because the promise of this “Millennial generation” ( ), once labeled “confident, connected, open to change,” has literally been taken from them.  “You shall not steal” (Exodus 20:15) is one of the most well known biblical precepts.  But these Millennials have had their future stolen by the overreaching of an out-of-control banking system.

This is why we need to #OccupytheBible on the economy. Read more of this theme at my Washington Post blog.





About Susan Thistlethwaite

I am President Emerita and Professor Emerita of Chicago Theological Seminary; I write for the public here and in local papers. I am interested in what I call "public theology," or how deeper meaning is made and contested in the public square.
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