Urging our nation's leaders to end hunger

Pastor Smith Goes to Washington

120516-jimstewartFew people can forget the iconic 1939 film Mr. Smith Goes to Washington. It is the story of Jefferson Smith, an idealistic, principled young man who is appointed to represent his home state in Washington, DC. When Mr. Smith arrives at Congress, however, he quickly finds those principles and ideals challenged. His fellow Senators dismiss and try to silence him, but in the end, through courage and tenacity he stands his ground and holds true to his principles. In doing so, he provides a much needed prophetic voice to the representatives of the people, reminding them of their responsibility to serve others.

From June 9 to 12, more than 70 young pastors, ministers, and clergy will gather in Washington, DC, for Hunger Justice Leaders 2012: From the Pulpit to the Public Square -- a powerful training that will help attendees develop their own prophetic voice to urge our nation’s decision makers to end hunger here and abroad. Through a special partnership and covenant with Bread for the World, this year’s Hunger Justice Leaders will be provided with expert training, inspiring speakers and worship, spiritually sustaining fellowship, and unique opportunities to visit the White House and to lobby their members of Congress!

Proverbs 31:8, 9 tells us 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.” We can end hunger in our time, but it will take faith and political will to make it happen. It will take the work of faith leaders, stepping from the pulpit to the public square, to organize, advocate, and follow in the tradition of the prophets to build a movement across our country.

This June, dozens of faith leaders begin that journey and work with Bread for the World. "Pastor” Smith is coming to Washington.

Jon-gromekJon Gromek is north central regional organizer at Bread for the World.



Photo caption: Cropped screenshot of James Stewart from the trailer for the film Mr. Smith Goes to Washington


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