Presbyterian Hunger Program Webinars
*All webinars will be from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. EDT unless otherwise noted.
11/3: Ebola and its Growing Implications for Health, Hunger and Livelihoods in Sierra Leone and Liberia- Join us in learning through the lens of our church’s work about the Ebola outbreak and its growing implications for health, hunger and livelihoods in Sierra Leone and Liberia. Hear from church leaders, a public health specialist, and a grassroots organizer about the facts on Ebola, what’s happening on the ground, how people are being impacted, and what the response has been. This Webinar will focus on the impacts of Ebola on rural communities involved with the West Africa Initiative (WAI), a collaboration between the Presbyterian Church (USA), Agricultural Missions, Inc., the Council of Churches in Sierra Leone and West Africa initiative of Liberia, as well as the response of other ecumenical partners.
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 include both a biblical scholar and a local church pastor to 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.
12/8: Seed Sovereignty- Physicist Vandana Shiva (invited), farmer David Abazs (invited) and farmer and La Via Campesina youth leader and farmer, Blain Snipstal (invited) will tackle the critical topic of seeds. Are seeds a commodity to be patented or a gift of God to be protected in the public domain? The presenters will discuss what seed sovereignty (seed freedom) could look like, and dialogue between them and you will elaborate on how that might be achieved.
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.