Sunday, April 04, 2010

Remembering Chuck Shepard

As I'm getting ready to go to work, the phone rings at about 7:30 A.M.  I pick up the receiver, and the voice on the other end says, "Carlos?  Chuck Shepard here.  I have a question about this year's Offering of Letters..."

Chuck Shepard was one of our more dedicated Bread for the World members in Albuquerque.

[He is pictured with Bread member Barbara Rockow from Phoenix (to his right) and his wife Derry Moritiz at a reception we had here in Albuquerque for Art Simon].

For many years, Chuck was one of the pillars of the group at St. Andrew Presbyterian Church that organized the Bread for the World letter-writing campaign at the church year after year.  And whenever we needed a place to have a meeting or a Bread event, Chuck was always eager to offer St. Andrew (others like Ester Schneider have picked up on this tradition very nicely).  Very appropriately, a memorial service for Chuck was planned at St. Andrew Presbyterian Church for April 10.

Chuck was not only active in Bread with his time and effort, but also gave generously to our organization.  He and his wife Derry were part of Bread's Leadership Circles

Chuck was interested in a wide range of issues related to hunger, poverty and justice, and was especially passionate about micro credit. And his interests in justice issues were very broad, including racial equality.  Very fittingly, his obituary in the Albuquerque Journal asks that all memorial donations be given to the Southern Poverty Law Center.
I just remember how he celebrated everything that anyone he knew was involved in that was about social justice.  We miss him.   Jenny Moore, a member of St. Andrew Presbyterian Church
There is much more to say about Chuck's full and active life.  You can find a wealth of information in a page that was set for him's Memorial Websites

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