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The Melville Family Foundation understands that poverty in underserved communities’ fuels economic instability fostering inequality in education. The COVID19 pandemic highlighted poverty as a breeding ground for injustice. The Pandemic drove life as we knew it online, further highlighting inequities in the technology space or the “digital divide”. Christians have a responsibility to the digital divide in a way that facilitates justice while responding with the love of God.

The aim is to explore the digital divide in the consideration of justice and pastoral care in response to underserved communities experiencing inequity in technology.

The researcher of this study will use current statistics on the digital divide and the history of inequality in Dallas balanced with a theological perspective.

The Digital Divide is caused by three major factors lack of information on how to utilize the technology, lack of access because of the associated price, and lack of information on the advantages of the technology. A response must include the love of God in the form of pastoral care (proxemics) and the teaching of 8th century and modern-day prophet Martin Luther King Jr. to live rightly.

The Christian community has been faced with one of the biggest dilemmas in the recent past, shifting to the digital world. Many churches are left in a dilemma on what to do with either to join the digital bandwagon or to stay in the traditional methods of preaching the gospel. Christians must answer the question, ‘can we see injustice and do nothing’.

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Fall 11-5-2021

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