Bread for the World & The United Methodist Church
What Is the Connection?
I have been a member of Bread for the World for many years so it’s hard to remember exactly how I became aware of this organization. However, the United Methodist Church website makes it abundantly clear that there is a strong connection between the UMC and Bread for the World. The following is an excerpt from the UMC website:
“Jesus asked that we see that the hungry are fed (Matt. 25:35), and Jesus also said ‘in as much as you have done it unto the least of these, you have done it unto me’ (Matt. 25:40) . . .
The Social Principles of The United Methodist Church state that, ‘In order to provide basic needs such as food, clothing, shelter, education, health care, and other necessities, ways must be found to share more equitably the resources of the world. Increasing technology, when accompanied by exploitative economic practices, impoverishes many persons and makes poverty self-perpetuating.’
Our General Conference resolution, ‘Call for a Rebirth of Compassion,’ reinforces this sentiment when it states that ‘we call upon United Methodists throughout the land not only to feed the hungry and house the homeless, but also to work for policies that will end hunger and homelessness.’
Bread for the World (BFW), established in 1974, is a nonprofit, non-partisan Christian citizens’ movement which performs a unique and critical role within the faith community by working to eradicate hunger from the face of the earth by using the network of thousands of local Covenant Churches across America to lobby elected officials to change policies to provide opportunities to establish a sustainable livelihood for all people.
The BFW Covenant Church network is an essential component of the hunger program of The United Methodist Church, and its efforts complement UMCOR’s and the General Board of Church and Society’s ministry in alleviating the root causes of hunger/poverty.”
PUMC is a Covenant Church member of BFW, and part of our commitment is to hold an Offering of Letters each year, giving individuals the opportunity to write letters to our legislators about a particular issue, identified by BFW analysts, that affects hungry/poor people.
Our annual Offering of Letters will be in May, and the focus this year is “Helping Mothers and Children Survive and Thrive.” Please watch the Reminder (the weekend newsletter distributed at each worship service) for the exact date on a Wednesday evening. Yes, it takes
a little effort to do a hand-written letter, but God calls us to sacrifice a half hour or so to be a “voice for the voiceless” in order to make our society’s laws fair and helpful toward poor and hungry people. Please prayerfully consider joining us.
Church and Society Committee