Saturday, September 25, 2010

Join with Ecumenical Action Alliance in Food for Life Campaign

The Ecumenical Advocacy Alliance, a global coalition of  church organizations and anti-hunger agencies,  is offering a wonderful opportunity for congregations around the world to take a close look at hunger and its root causes through its Food for Life Campaign.

The Presbyterian Church USA, Church World Service, the ELCA, Catholic Relief Services and others are also part of the alliance.  See full list.

One of the main promoters of the campaign in the US is the Presbyterian Hunger Program  and two other programs associated with the Presbyterian Church USA, the Campaign for Fair Food and Food and Faith.

The campaign recommends actions for the week of Oct. 10-17 through an effort entitled Week of Action on Food. Organizers have made it easy by providing the  Food Week Guide
During the Week you will be connected to thousands of people, churches and communities around the world in a movement calling for change in the way food is grown, sold, distributed and shared. It is a time to lift up the voices of small-scale food producers, particularly women, to have choices on what crops to grow and how they can grow these crops.  
If you want a simple alternative to observe the connection between food and faith on Oct. 17, you could organize a worship on Bread for the World Sunday.   And don't forget about other opportunities in October, including Fair Trade Month, the Fighting Poverty with Faith campaign, and World Food Day,

October is also an important month for the organizers of the World Food Prize.  In addition to presenting awards to this year's recipients, David Beckmann of Bread for the World and Jo Luck of The Heifer Project, the WFP has put together the 2010 Bolaug Dialogue, which features a program entitled "Take it to the Farmer: Reaching the World's Smallholders."

There are ample opportunities during October to raise awareness, learn more about the root causes of hunger and poverty and make food and justice a focus of your worship during the month (and throughout the year).

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