Thursday, May 6, 2010

Practicing economic justice in Cambodia

While studying theology of development with pastors in Kampong Speu, we discussed some ways they are or could practice just economic relationships. Weddings are a major event in Cambodia. While wealthy people usually can come out ahead because the cash gifts are more than the expenses, this is not true for poor families who usually loose money putting on a wedding. Rev. Sopeng suggests that an act of economic justice is to make sure that we give an equal gift when we go to the wedding of a poor family as a rich family. This idea is counter to common practice in Cambodia, but which demonstrates this value.

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