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Join Our Youth, Stand with the Hunger
March 29, 2011

“One of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, said to him, 9‘There is a boy Logo for 2011 Christian Citizenship Seminarhere who has five barley loaves and two fish. But what are they among so many people?’ 10Jesus said, ‘Make the people sit down.’ Now there was a great deal of grass in the place; so they* sat down, about five thousand in all. 11Then Jesus took the loaves, and when he had given thanks, he distributed them to those who were seated; so also the fish, as much as they wanted. 12When they were satisfied, he told his disciples, ‘Gather up the fragments left over, so that nothing may be lost.’ 13So they gathered them up, and from the fragments of the five barley loaves, left by those who had eaten, they filled twelve baskets. 14When the people saw the sign that he had done, they began to say, ‘This is indeed the prophet who is to come into the world.’” (John 6:8-14).

Click here to join your voice with theirs, and call on Congress to respond to the call of faith, and use the budget to bring relief to those who hunger.

This week, Church of the Brethren high school youth have gathered in New York City and Washington, D.C. to consider how their faith interacts with the food not only that they eat, but that we produce as a nation, and that we provide as aid and support to people in need at home and around the world.

The announcement of Christian Citizenship Seminar (CCS) read, “Since our beginnings, Brethren have been closely related to the agricultural system. While fewer and fewer of us work with the land on a daily basis, we all enjoy the fruits of the labors of those who do because we all eat. As our population (and the US population) continues to increase and shift from rural to urban, it is important to think about where our food comes from, why it comes from that particular place, and how it arrives to us. The number of questions we face about food and faith continue to expand.” These are the questions CCS participants have been and will be asking this week.

A key part of those questions focuses on the federal budget. Tomorrow, these youth will bring these questions to Capitol Hill, sharing with legislators that the way we use and interact with food is an important part of their faith. They will be saying, “We have a moral obligation, in a time when more are suffering in our world than ever before, to protect and strengthen programs that serve those who are hungry and in a state of poverty, and that seek to alleviate hunger and poverty both domestically and around the world.” Click here to join your voice with theirs, and call on Congress to respond to the call of faith, and use the budget to bring relief to those who hunger.

Church of the Brethren Policy:

2000 Annual Conference Statement, Caring for the Poor reads: “We recommend that congregations use their experience in ministry with the poor to inform themselves of legislative and political issues having impact on the poor and speak to those issues with their legislators at local, state, and national levels. The Biblical witness and our own experiences as a community of faith suggest that there is a corporate or societal responsibility to deal with the problems of the poor, such as the Year of Jubilee. This extends beyond personal, hands-on responses and includes advocacy on behalf of the poor.”

2006 Annual Conference Statement, A Call to Reduce Global Poverty and Hunger reads: “Through prayer, study, and concrete action, let us resolve to act so that those who know extreme poverty and hunger might enter more fully into the abundance of God’s love.”


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For more information about the witness ministries of the Church of the Brethren, contact Jordan Blevins, Advocacy Officer for the Church of the Brethren:

Jordan Blevins
C/O National Council of Churches
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Washington, DC 20002


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