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2012 Hunger Justice Leaders: From the Pulpit to the Public Square
The pulpit is a familiar place for pastors, ministers, and clergy alike. It is, symbolically, a central piece to worship. From this dais, we hear the “good news” of the gospel -- the direction and guidance on how to order our steps, thoughts, and actions as we leave church and continue our lives in public. We hear in the gospel of Luke that, “The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to preach good news to the poor.” Those words spoken and preached from the pulpit have the ability to inspire, move and challenge the congregation towards a fuller life in Christ. True worship and Christian living happens outside the four walls of the church in the application of the gospel message as we preach the good news -- particularly to poor and hungry people -- through our words and actions.
We live in the world's wealthiest nation, yet 15.1 percent of people living in the United States live in poverty. More than one in five children live in households that struggle to put food on the table. The world is facing a hunger crisis unlike anything it has seen in more than 50 years. Every day, almost 16,000 children around the world die from hunger-related causes. That's one child every five seconds.
We can end hunger in our time. By making our voices heard in Congress, we can make our laws more fair and compassionate to people in need. In Proverbs 31:8-9 , we hear the call to “Speak out for those who cannot speak, for the rights of all the destitute. Speak out, judge righteously, defend the rights of the poor and needy.” It is time for the next generation of young pastors, ministers, and clergy to be powerful advocates for poor and hungry people and to move from the pulpit to the public square and organize our communities and churches to end hunger.
Bread for the World invites young pastors, ministers, and clergy (35 years old and younger) to apply for the 2012 Hunger Justice Leaders Training from June 9 to 12, 2012 here in Washington, DC. Bread for the World will gather 75 young ministers to partner and learn how they can be powerful advocates and effective leaders in their communities to end hunger here in the states and abroad. This exciting four-day training will include powerful and inspiring speakers, informative workshops, opportunities to network with other like-minded pastors, and an opportunity to advocate and lobby their members of Congress on Capitol Hill.
If you have any questions, please email hjl2012@bread.
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