“Raising Children” will be the subject of a continuing forum on “Deconstructing Poverty” being put on by the Green Sanctuary Committee of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Belfast.

The program will run from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sunday, July 24, at the church, on Miller Street, next to the public library. The program, sixth in a series, is free and open to the public.

“When I chose the topic, I was thinking that human beings should not have to be able to afford children,” said coordinator of the forum, Jennifer Hill. “Having children is a biological function, and everyone who can have children should be able to do it, regardless of their income.”

“Children invariably compare themselves with children in other families and don’t understand why they can’t have what others have, especially if its a ‘need’ rather than a ‘want,'” said Hill. “This can be a painful reality for a homeless family, or a family struggling to put food on the table, or when illness looms over the household.”

She continued, “Love is the answer when it comes to children, but when grinding poverty is the question, we must search for more tangible answers.”

For more information on the forums, contact Hill at 722-3383 or rooted@fairpoint.net.