With Bread for the World's Offering of Letters, One Spirit, One Will, Zero Poverty, placing such a strong emphasis on The ONE Campaign and and The Millenium Development Goals., I thought it would be appropriate to highlight Bono's remarks at the National Prayer Breakfast at the White House on Feb. 2.
One of the lines that stands out from Bono's "homily" at the prayer breakfast is this: "Get involved in what God is doing - because it's already blessed." While he was addressing this remark to President Bush and several congressional representatives and religious leaders, the recommendation also applies to each one of us. One of those ways to get involved is to organize an Offering of Letters at our churches, congregations, classrooms or civic groups. The kit for One Spirit, One Will, Zero Poverty contains some very valuable resources to get you started. The message to Congress is very simple: Please increase poverty-focused development assistance.
One line in Bono's sermon emphasizes what could easily be a goal of our offering of letters, which would be to urge our leaders to increase our commitment to poverty alleviation. Bono puts that goal in very simple terms. "I want to suggest to you today that you see the flow of effective foreign assistance as tithing.... Which, to be truly meaningful, will mean an additional 1% of the federal budget tithed to the poor," said Bono. Read Full Text