|Logo for 2013 National Gathering|
|Colorado advocates on Lobby Day|
The first one was back in the 1990s, and the experience came on Lobby Day. It wasn't necessarily the actual visits to the congressional offices, but the reception. I was surprised when both my senator and my representative came to the reception. And it wasn't just a matter of them accepting the printed invitation that I left with their aides during the visits to their offices, but they asked for me at the door!
We had a second interfaith convocation at the National Cathedral as part of the 2007 national gathering, and it was great too. But the first experience in 2005 was the one that stands out for me.
I can name great memories from other national gatherings, including my very first time I went to Washington on behalf of Bread. And then there's the 35th anniversary reception,when composer and singer Marty Haugen helped us celebrate the occasion with a song he wrote for Bread for the World.
And I also remember a different kind of "singing" at another gathering. Remember that time when Bread President David Beckmann and the ONE Campaign fellows on staff did karaoke to Aretha Franklin's song Respect?
If you haven't been to a national gathering (or even if you have attended one or more), I invite you to consider joining us in Washington this year to create your own great experience. Who knows, there might be something about this gathering that will make it one of your favorites. The events and the learning experiences and the advocacy are all important. But it is those great interactions with other anti-hunger advocates that add a great richness to occasion. (Read my quote in the Bread blog).
|Guess who was singing Respect?|
- June 8-10: 2013 National Gathering
- June 10: International Meeting on Maternal and Child Nutrition
- June 11: 2013 Lobby Day
What can you expect from a Bread for the World National Gathering? View materials from the 2011 National Gathering.
If for some reason you are unable to come this year, then start planning for 2014. That is Bread's 40th birthday, and you know that is an occasion to celebrate!