Monday, June 16, 2014

Derick Dailey: Partners with a God of Hope

A Biblical generation is 40 years. And that sums up what this national gathering is partly about. We come to celebrate a generation of grace...You, Art Simon and others paved the way, we crafted a vision, we began the work,  God blessed that work, and today we give thanks to God for your ministry. Yet, we're well aware that the work goes on, the cause endures, the hope still lives, and dream has not died--the dream of ending hunger and poverty around the globe.

And now a new generation of hunger activists and advocates are on the scene, and we must join the race.  We must catch the vision--a vision to end extreme hunger and poverty by 2030.  So we stand today asking God, "Will we too become a generation of grace?"...

The Good News is that we're partners with a God that is today and is always a God of hope not hopelessness. Not a God of scarcity, but a God of more than enough. Not a God of foreclosure, but a God with arms big enough and wide enough for everyone.   

-Derick Dailey (excerpts from  his opening sermon at the Bread for the World National Gathering in Washington on June 9, 2014  #breadrising)
(Derick Dailey is a former graduate student at Yale University. He currently serves as secretary on the board of directors of Bread for the World. He was a member of the 2013 Global Ecumenical Theological Institute-North America that traveled to South Korea for the World Council of Churches assembly.  He is a former Teach for America Corps member in the Mississippi Delta and has a B.A. in political science and religious studies from Westminster College in Fulton, MO)

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