Monday, June 26, 2006
Partnering with the New Mexico Conference of Churches
Inspired by God's call to reconciliation in diversity, we are churches joined together seeking healing, justice, unity and peace through active ministries...
New Mexico Conference of Churches
On a recent Sunday, I had the great honor to be invited to participate in a dialogue sermon with Pastor Sue Gallagher of the Church of the Good Shepherd, a United Church of Christ congregation here in Albuquerque. This was the day when the church had scheduled its Offering of Letters.
One of the "dialogue" topics addressed the role of my Christian faith in my anti-hunger work. My immediate response was to quote one of my spiritual mentors, Father Richard Rohr, founder of the Center for Action and Contemplation. Father Rohr was asked the question: "Which his more importantant, action or contemplation?" His response was the word "and."
The New Mexico Conference of Churches works in very much the same way. Spiritual growth and a close relationship with our God are essential to support our work on diversity, peace and justice.
And it is no coincidence that the word justice is very much a part of the mission statements of the NMCC and Bread for the World.
Bread for the World-New Mexico is very honored to have been invited to join the board of directors of the NMCC. Representing us will be Andrea Lucero Watje. She is pictured above (bottom left hand corner) during a visit with U.S. Rep. Tom Udall during June 2005.
Who better to represent us than Andrea? She recently graduated from the University of New Mexico and will bring a lot of energy and good ideas to the board. Andrea has long been interested in anti-hunger advocacy. Her course work included an honors class called The Eyes of Hunger, looking at the root causes of the problem. She also helped start the first-ever Bread for the World chapter at UNM. We look forward to working closely with the NMCC.