Wednesday, May 10, 2017

A Tribute to Anne Morawski

I’m grateful to Bread for the World for teaching me to be a citizen advocate, working to change the things that contribute to hunger and poverty in our nation and world. I’ve said many times that the most radical thing that Bread ever did was to teach church ladies how to write letters to Congress – on hunger and poverty and many other issues facing our nation. Those letters have never stopped. I’m glad I too have been one of those persistent women who pestered Congress with letters. -Rev. Anne Morawski (from a reflection on Prayer for the Bread Rising celebration in Albuquerque, October 2015)
Anne Morawski has been a part of the fabric of Bread for the World for more than four decades. She has supported the local anti-hunger and anti-poverty efforts as an individual member and as the Lutheran Campus Pastor at the University of New Mexico since she arrived in the Duke City sometime in the 2000s. She has worshiped with us and led prayers, she has organized forums on hunger and other topics (like peacemaking and social justice) for the students at Luther House, and she has had put together Offerings of Letters on campus.

The white band symbolizes a commitment to end global poverty
Anne has also been at the forefront of our local ecumenical efforts.  In 2007, Lutheran Campus Ministry joined with Aquinas Newman Center Campus Ministry and St. Thomas of Canterbury Episcopal Church to organize a U2 Agape Service. The service, modeled after the U2Charist promoted by Bono and the rock band U2, celebrated a commitment to the effort to end global poverty, hunger and disease via the Millennium Development Goals. 

In 2011, Anne  was one of 42 pastors in New Mexico (out of 4,000 at the national level) who joined their voices to speak out against the proposed cuts in programs for the most vulnerable members of our society. And in 2013, Luther House hosted a service where people of faith in Albuquerque answered Pope Francis'  call for people around the world to work together to end hunger.

Celebrating 50th Anniversary of Luther House w/Howard Corry
A Celebration
After 32 years of ministry (15 at the University of New Mexico), Anne is retiring as Lutheran Campus pastor. The Board of Directors of Lutheran Campus Ministry at UNM and CNM is proud to announce an evening of celebration in honor of her  upcoming retirement. She will officially retire on July 31, 2017. The celebration will begin at 5:00 pm on Saturday, June 17, with a worship service at St. Luke Lutheran Church, 9100 Menaul Blvd. NE. The tribute is co-hosted by the UNM-Student Christian Movement.

After worship, a dinner will follow in the fellowship hall.  A donation of $10.00 per person (if possible) is requested to cover the cost of dinner. Any donation above $10.00 per person will be used to support Lutheran Campus Ministry at UNM and CNM and will be tax deductible.

If you plan to attend the dinner portion of the celebration, please RSVP  by June 3 via the Facebook event or send an e-mail message to Robert Evers After dinner the celebration will continue in the sanctuary with a presentation summarizing Pastor Anne’s work on campus.

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