Presbyterian Hunger Program Webinars
*All webinars will be from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. EDT unless otherwise noted.
What's the connection between liturgy and our faith that calls for a restoration of the planet? How does liturgy expose the web of relationship from climate change, environmental racism, and gender justice? How goes liturgy inspire communities to agitate for the healing of the planet? How can a liturgy within a building connect with planetary elements like water, soil, compost, and gardens? Join us for this webinar to hear from communities around the country asking and responding to these questions and more. Time will be given for questions and creative exploration. Moderated by Rev. Ashley Goff of Church of the Pilgrims, Washington, D.C.
3/09: A Quest for Clean Clothes
Shopping for clothing can be a stressful experience. From the crowded stores and parking lots, to the broad range of choices, styles and costs, the process might feel overwhelming.
As Christians, we also find ourselves concerned for the welfare of those who harvest the cotton, make cloth, and sew garments. A lack of transparency within supply chains and dangerous factory conditions and human trafficking are persistent problems in the making of our clothes which makes picking the “right” garment an even more difficult process.
So what do we do? In this webinar we will learn, together, about the abuses present in the industry and what we can do to address them. From seeking out alternatives, to corporate, community, and government advocacy, there is much that we can do to bring transparency and greater justice to the marketplace.
4/13: Presbyterian Energy Tithe: Faithful Caring for Church Resources
What money would be freed up for mission if your congregation could save 10% on your utility bills? Caring for God’s creation and being wise financial stewards of resources go hand-in-hand when saving energy!
Join this easy one-hour webinar to hear about the EPA Portfolio Manager free tool to reduce your church’s energy bill and start saving money!
Presenters: Jerry Lawson (EPA EnergyStar for Congregations), Mike Lorimer and Jo Randolph
5/11: No Greater Rights to Foreign Investors
Trade agreements facilitate the exchange of goods, services, and knowledge from one place to another around the world. These agreements fall within an international regime that is supposed to ensure that the rights of all parties are protected. However, present day trade agreements prioritize the rights of multinational corporations over that of governments and indigenous peoples to pass and enforce legislation which protects citizens, the environment and the economy.
Join us for this webinar as we explore what rights are being given to corporations, how those rights infringe on the possibilities of governments in the south to care for their people, and possible ways to reverse this trend.
6/8: In the Palm of our Hands: Palm Oil Consumption Fuels Global Land Grabs
Driven by its ubiquitous use in our retail food and snacks, cosmetics, and pharmaceuticals, global demand for palm oil has fueled massive land grabs in many parts of the world.
Additionally, its production is leaving a destructive legacy. Plantations for palm oil production are harming forests, water resources and biodiversity. These plantations are commonly in rural locations, affecting communities' livelihoods and leading to economic, social and political conflicts.
Consumers have the power to ensure that palm oil production respects social and environmental standards.
This webinar will look at specific cases of palm oil land grab in Cameroon, how communities are impacted, and will discuss ways that consumers can ensure that palm production respects each step of the value chain.
7/28: Extracting Life: Mining and its Lasting Impressions on the Environment and Communities
Over the last decade, oil, gas and mining operations have expanded dramatically worldwide. As people consume more energy and technology products, the demand for fossil fuels, metals and minerals continues to rise. This increase has fueled a corresponding rise in conflicts, poverty, corruption, pollution and environmental degradation in the communities and countries in which extractive resources are mined.
This webinar will look at specific cases of mining operations in Bolivia, Peru and the United States and explore the ways in which local communities are being impacted and are mobilizing for change.
Previous Presbyterian Hunger Program Webinars
2/10: Food and Fracking- Lynna Kaucheck from Food & Water Watch and Bobby King from the Land Stewardship Project explore this critical topic of how modern drilling and fracking impacts food, farmers, rancher and land use in the United States. Hear about how people and communities are resisting.
3/24: Global Perspectives on Land Grabbing- In the last decade, many developing countries have witnessed a huge increase in land deals that have resulted in the forceful eviction of small farmers and Indigenous communities from their lands and livelihoods. Governments, transnational corporations, and foreign investors are “grabbing land” to secure food, water, energy and factors of production abroad, as well as boost economic activity through development projects. However, land grabbing is not only perpetuated by foreign interests, but local governments are often complicit and large national investors are all too ready to cash in. This webinar will look at specific cases of land grabbing in Cameroon, Honduras and the Gran Chaco Region of South America and explore the ways in which local communities are being impacted and mobilizing for change. Panelists: Jaff Napoleon Bamenjo, Coordinator of RELUFA, Joining Hands Cameroon; Stephen Bartlett, Coordinator for Constituency Education, Agricultural Missions, Inc.; Fionuala Cregan, Program Officer for the South American Chaco, Church World Service.
4/7: Trade Game-Survive or Thrive- Train the Trainer : Survive or Thrive - Trade Simulation Game - Have you ever wondered how we apply our Christian principles of justice and peace to the ways that trade agreements work? Does the topic seem too big, too far away and too complicated? The Trade Simulation Game is designed to bring these issues to life through stories from our global partners. Each participant assumes a character in four trade stories loosely based on real scenarios. The characters share their realities with others and work together to understand the role of trade agreements and the people impacted by these agreements. Discussion focuses on how we can respond on behalf of the poor and the environment. The game is an interactive, fun way to learn about this important issue. The game is available and has been introduced to congregations on a national level. This webinar will provide an overview or how to lead the game in your community. We will share the game resources, lessons learned after facilitating the game over 30 times and discussion on how the game can be used in your congregation.
4/14: Bioregional Food Covenant & Watershed Discipleship- Learn about this national initiative being launched this Spring. How does it work? Who is it for? What is its potential? Will it work for me? My communities? Moderated by Food Justice Fellow, Vickie Machado, presenters Ched Myers and Todd Wynward will describe the Covenant and dialogue with participants. Ched Myers is an activist theologian who has worked in social change movements for almost 40 years. He has authored myriad articles and more than a half-dozen books, most of which can be found at www.ChedMyers.org. He and his partner Elaine Enns, a restorative justice practitioner, live in the Ventura River watershed in southern California and co-direct Bartimaeus Cooperative Ministries (www.bcm-net.org). Todd Wynward lives in a yurt with his family in the high desert mountains near Taos, NM. Todd is the founder of a wilderness-based public school, leads backpacking and river trips for adult seekers, and is the animating force behind TiLT, an emerging discipleship community in Taos. He is the author of The Secrets of Leaven, a novel patheos.com calls “a delicious mystery exploring deep questions.”
Download articles by Todd Wynward:
- What is Watershed Discipleship
- Region as Rabbi
- Toward a Bioregional Food Covenant
- High Tech, Ancient Values
- Becoming Watershed Discipleship Communities
5/12: Earth Care in Christian Education- What have congregations and other faith communities found helpful in bringing together faith and the environment in various Christian Education settings? How have children, youth, young adults, and adults of all ages been learning, teaching, and exploring around issues of earth care? Join us in this one-hour exploration of the programs, curriculum, and experiences of earth care education as well as best practices and helpful hints to "try this at (your) home (church)!"
6/9: Churches and Camps: Food Growing & Greening Initiatives- Several speakers from around the country will highlight the food initiatives and sustainable practices they are implementing as ministries of their congregation or as camp and conference centers. Each person will describe the birth of the idea (seed), challenges and best practices along the way (growth & ramification), and the tangible and intangible results (fruit). Join us to be inspired and equipped!
7/28: How to run a Fair Trade store/holiday sale in your church- Have you ever seen Fair Trade products at a local Fair Trade shop or 10,000 villages? Has your church or presbytery sold fair trade coffee and chocolate through Equal Exchange? Fair Trade is one of the many ways the Presbyterian Hunger Program addresses hunger and presents opportunities for local congregations to engage issues of global poverty while connecting with producers from all over the world. Running a store or sale through the local church can be a difficult prospect, but can also be rewarding and enriching to the life of a congregation. Join us as we explore the reasons for engaging in this ministry, the process for getting started, and helpful tips and tricks from those who have done it before. Lauralyn Kolb, Merry Panteleo, and Julie Bills will be joining in preparation and presentation.
8/11: 1000 Days: Scaling Up Nutrition - The international focus on maternal and child nutrition in the 1,000 days between the beginning of a woman’s pregnancy and her child’s second birthday is a critical window for impacting human development. Learn about the campaign, the Presbyterian focus in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and ways you, your congregation and community can get more involved. Speakers include Nancy Neal (Bread for the World), Inge Sthreshley (Mission Co-Worker DRC), and Carol Winkler (Presbyterian Women).
10/13: Agroecology and/or Industrial Farming: The Future of Food- To kick off the Global Food Week of Action, Eric Holt-Gimenez, Executive Director of Food First and Diana Robinson, of Food Chain Workers Alliance, will define agroecology and highlight differences between this sustainable approach with what has become the dominant industrial approach to food and farming. The later approach is largely high tech and fossil fuel-based while agroecology is based on indigenous knowledge and practices to which innovations are made to fit local conditions. Joann will highlight how farm workers, producers and food chain workers fare. Time for questions and lively discussion.
11/10: Creation Care: Basic Bible 101- In this one-hour webinar, we will learn creative, accessible and helpful biblical foundations for creation care ministry. Presenters will share how earth care is core to Christian ministry and how scripture undergirds the eco-justice work we do in our own lives and across the church.
July: Food & Trade – Presenters: Karen Hansen-Kuhn (Institute for Trade & Ag Policy) and Kathy Ozer (National Family Farm Coalition) Listen to the call, which explored the current trade agreements under negotiation and their impact on food.
August: GMOs: The "Facts" on Health, Environment, Farmer Impact, Control in the U.S. and the World– Presenters: Katherine Zavala (International Development Exchange/IDEX) and Margot McMillen (Terra Bella Farm/Missouri Rural Crisis Center). View the recorded webinar.
September : Coalition of Immokalee Workers & the Campaign for Fair Food – Presenters: Gerardo Reyes-Chávez (CIW) and Rev. Noelle Damico (PHP). View the recorded webinar.
October: Coffee: Robust in (In)Justice? – Presenters: Adrian Gonzalez (Café Justo), Rodney North (Equal Exchange), and Emily Piper (Think Coffee NYC), with Bryce Wiebe (Enough for Everyone, Presbyterian Hunger Program). View the recorded webinar.
November: Who Cares about Food Stamps? Presenters: Andy Fisher and Christine Melendez Ashley . Participants heard about the history, current role, and legislative efforts to shrink Food Stamps/SNAP, including who cares about this important paret of the US safety net. The question of whether Food Stamps and other anti-hunger work may divert attention away from addressing root causes of hunger was also addressed. Presenters and participants looked at what the future might hold and what visions we should pursue as seekers of justice. View the webinar. You may also download a PDF of the Powerpoint, Presentation Notes and Answers to questions we couldn't get to (plus a link to the Recording of the Q & A session),