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A Circle of Protection Vigil: Prayer, Songs, and Letters

Circle2newOn Saturday, Oct. 13, a group of Bread members in Albuquerque, New Mexico held a vigil to bring attention to the circle of protection and issues surrounding hunger. Bread for the World board member and New Mexico team leader Carlos Navarro led the event, and wrote about the experience for the Bread New Mexico Blog. His account is reprinted below.

There were 30 to 35 people gathered at Immanuel Presbyterian Church in Albuquerque for our circle of protection prayer vigil on the second Saturday of October.  Just as we did with a similar vigil last year, we had intended to start outside on the front porch of the church with candles and the song "Come and Fill," but the wind gusts were too strong and they would have extinguished our candles.  So we decided to start inside in the chapel where we could better center ourselves.

Surely enough, the calm, quiet wind of the Spirit was present inside in our prayers and reflections and songs from Taizé. We reflected on hunger, poverty, justice, and inequality, just as we did last year. And the circle of protection campaign remained the focus of our prayers and reflections.

In our reflections, we put some emphasis on the mini-campaigns in Bread for the World's 2012 Offering of Letters. And we invited representatives or volunteers from partner organizations to join us in the reflections: New Mexico Oxfam Action Corps, Roadrunner Food Bank, Medical Mission Board, Interfaith Power and Light (representing the National Council of Churches), and Sojourners.


Circle4And just as we did last year, we followed our vigil with an opportunity for action. In 2011, we signed letters to five individuals seeking to represent the New Mexico First Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives.  Afterwards, we held face-to-face meetings with each of those candidates, who had yet to square off in their respective party's primary election.

The letters this year were to the candidates who won their primaries for the U.S. Senate and for the First Congressional District. (And for good measure,we included a third-party Senate candidate and two declared write-in candidates). We have arranged to bring the letters to the campaign headquarters of most of the candidates on Wednesday, October 24. We have requested a meeting with a ranking member of each campaign. Stay tuned for more details.

Carlos Navarro has a Bread member for over 20 years and has led Bread’s presence in New Mexico for the last decade. When he not working at his full-time job, he maintains the Bread for the World New Mexico website and blog, and serves on the Bread for the World board of directors.

 If you are planning a regional event that you'd like to see highlighted on the Bread Blog, contact Robin Stephenson, national lead for social media/senior organizer (rstephenson@bread.org) or your regional organizer.

Photo captions: (Top) Sharon Barefoot, who served as a nurse in Haiti, lights a candle. (Bottom) Sister Joan Brown performs liturgical dance. Photos courtesy of Rene Ronquillo.

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