We need always to be thinking and writing about [poverty], for if we are not among its victims its reality fades from us.
- Dorothy Day, from her book Loaves and Fishes
Points to Make
Today, nearly one in four children in the United States is at risk of hunger. We need adequate funding from Congress—at least $1 billion annually in the next five years—to address this problem.
The child nutrition bill will strengthen programs such as school lunches, school breakfasts, summer nutrition programs, and the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program. These are critical in protecting children from hunger and in improving their nutrition.
Saturday, May 1, 20106:00pm - 9:00pmThe Loading Dock170 TillaryBrooklyn, NY
Guests will have the opportunity to view and purchase swazi art to support the education of orphans and vulnerable children affected by the HIV/AIDS crisis in Swaziland.Cocktails, beer, fish tacos (cash bar)Swaziland has the highest HIV prevalence in the world. Forty-four Swazis become infected with HIV every single day. It is projected that by the end of 2010, there will be 110,000 orphaned children in a population of roughly 900,000. The average life expectancy in Swaziland is 37 years. Ten years ago it was 60.Our motivation for S.A.F.E. is to help keep swazi orphans and vulnerable children in school. We believe that education is the answer to the HIV/AIDS epidemic in Swaziland. S.A.F.E. has developed a sponsorship program working with a local organization in Swaziland to identify children in need of sponsorship to continue their education. Through donations, and by selling handmade swazi art, we can help keep these children, who could not otherwise continue their education, in school.
By helping to green Kilimanjaro and supporting congregants halfway across the world, Interfaith Power & Light supporters are setting an example that we can all be proud of. When faith communities come together to speak out about these issues, people listen. In fact, one congregation in Tanzania was so inspired by this effort that they set aside 10 acres of land for a church forest.The Tanzania project is part of IPL's global efforts through its Carbon Covenant campaign to connect with communities addressing climate change.
Here is a way to ponder thoughts on what is happening in life, work, community. A lot of it will be influenced by what I am reading, and much of that reading is commentaries on the bible readings for the week – called a lectionary – because somehow every Sunday I am supposed to have something meaningful to say to a group of people who inexplicably keep coming to a building on South Broadway with the hope of meeting each other and god in that space and time.
But really, the scope of this blog seeks to go beyond that time and place – to you, wherever you are. What about your life, work, community?
Daniel is a follower of Jesus of Nazareth, committed to the immigrant populations of the world and to those youth whose life is a struggle. Daniel es un seguidor de Jesus de Nazaret, comprometido a las poblaciones inmigrantes del mundo y a los jovenes cuya vida es una lucha.
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 Legacy.com's Memorial WebsitesI 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
It is easy to forget that “protest” means to speak for, or testify on behalf of—not to speak against. Usage has shifted its meaning toward the latter, perhaps because speaking for often requires speaking against. If we are to speak for the poor, we must speak against those who exploit them. If we are to speak for stewardship of land and water, we must speak against abusive industrial practices. If we are to speak for a gospel understanding of community, we must speak against much that has become normal in our “mass culture.”