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*All webinars will be from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. EDT unless otherwise noted.
August 3, 2015
God’s Concern: A Biblical reflection on Hunger
Hunger is both a physical and a spiritual reality in the Bible. It is a marker of our human dependence on God and on others for health and well-being – as others are dependent on us. In our Bible study we will consider God’s concern about and provision for the multi-layered hunger that is a reality of our life together. Join the Hunger Program, Barry Ensign-George, Associate for Theology in the Office of Theology & Worship, and Patty Sanders, the Hunger Action Advocate from Presbytery of the Redwoods as we reflect on hunger in the Bible and our call to respond to God’s concern.
September 22, 2015
Adamah & Adam - Earthlings Building Food Justice
Adam is the first human created from the red earth, Adamah. Humans are formed from the humus of Earth and divine Light. We, who have been given the gift of existence and life, have the duty to care for the soil beneath our feet, which along with the waters, provides food for us and for future generations.
As part of our celebration of the 2015 International Year of Soils, this webinar brings together a theologian, a soil scientist, a farmer, and a food sovereignty advocate to discuss the revival of agrarian values and the paths to soil health, earth justice and food sovereignty.
During our discussion, we will ask you and each other: What are the personal, communal and global commitments we must make to cultivate a just and healthy neighborhood and planet?
October 12, 2015
World Food Day Begins with Seed Sovereignty
Every single person in the world should awaken with the confidence that they, their family members, and their neighbors will have enough healthy food to eat. As we approach World Food Day, we’ll explain the fundamental barriers to serving up the right to food with a special focus on a critical ingredient - seeds.
Our presenters will explain the role of seeds in more democratic, equitable, and sustainable local and global food and farm systems. Seeds bring the cultural aspects of agriculture, and the freedom to save and maintain control over seeds is foundational to food sovereignty. Farmers know this and multinational corporations do as well. While the power of corporations is concentrated and focussed, farmers are naturally dispersed and challenged to unite their voices and influence. We’ll hear how some farmers and allies are succeeding in changing the landscape, and how we can support these efforts locally, nationally and globally.
November 9, 2015
December 2, 2015
Café Justo, A Hopeful Supply Chain Story
Too often following the supply chain of our consumer goods leads us to a workforce that is impoverished, exploited and leaving their homelands to find work in other countries. Join the Presbyterian Hunger Program to learn how one cooperative in Mexico is keeping farmers on their land and families together. Presenters include Teresa Wagner from the Office of the General Assembly and Adrian Gonzalez from Café Justo.
Previous Presbyterian Hunger Program Webinars
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Extracting Life: Mining and its Lasting Impressions on the Environment & Communities (July)
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 looks specifically at problems associated with smelting in Peru and mountaintop removal mining in Appalachia, and analyzes the extractive industries more broadly in Latin America as well as globally. Panelists: Rev. Jed Koball (PCUSA Mission co-worker), Robin Blakeman (PCUSA Teaching Elder working with Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition) and Carlos Lozano-Acosta (AIDA - Interamerican Association for Environmental Defense). Watch the Recording!
Presbyterian Energy Tithe Challenge: Faithful Caring for Church Resources (April)
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! The April webinar introduced the EPA Portfolio Manager as a free tool to help your church reduce its energy bill and start saving money! Presenters: Jerry Lawson (EPA EnergyStar for Congregations), Mike Lorimer and Jo Randolph (Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church), Dorothy Grimes (Montevallo Presbyterian Church).
- Download Rebecca's introduction to the speakers' PowerPoint
- Download the "Presbyterian Energy Tithe Challenge" PowerPoint
- Download the PowerPoint from Montevallo Presbyterian Church (AL)
- Download the PowerPoint from Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church (KS)
- Watch the Recording!
A Quest for Clean Clothes (March)
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.
Creation Care: Basic Bible 101 (November)
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. Watch the recording.
Agroecology and/or Industrial Farming: The Future of Food (October)
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 and 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 highlights how farm workers, producers and food chain workers fare. Watch the Recording.
1000 Days: Scaling Up Nutrition (August)
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). Watch the Recording.
How to run a Fair Trade store/holiday sale in your church (July)
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 difficult but rewarding to the life of a congregation. Join us as we explore why, how, and helpful tips and tricks. Lauralyn Kolb, Merry Panteleo, and Julie Bills helped with preparation and presentation. Watch the recording.
Churches and Camps: Food Growing & Greening Initiatives (June)
Several speakers will highlight the food initiatives and sustainable practices they are implementing as ministries of their congregation or as camp and conference centers. Each 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! Watch the recording.
Earth Care in Christian Education (May)
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? The May webinar explored programs, curriculum, and experiences of earth care education as well as best practices and helpful hints to "try this at (your) home (church)!" Watch the recording.
Bioregional Food Covenant & Watershed Discipleship (April 14)
Learn about this national initiative launched in 2014. 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 and author who has worked in social change movements for almost 40 years. 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. 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.” Watch the recording.
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
Trade Simulation Game "Survive or Thrive" - Train the Trainer (April 7)
How do we apply our Christian principles of justice and peace to the ways that trade agreements work? 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. Characters share their realities with others and work together to understand the role of trade agreements and the people they impact. Discussion focuses on how we can respond on behalf of the poor and the environment. The fun, interactive game has been introduced to congregations on a national level. The April webinar provided an overview and information for leading the game in your community or congregation. Watch the recording.
Global Perspectives on Land Grabbing (March)
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 investors are “grabbing land” to secure food, water, energy and factors of production abroad, and to boost economic activity through development projects. The March webinar looked at specific cases of land grabbing in Cameroon, Honduras and the Gran Chaco Region of South America and explored ways 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. Watch the recording.
Food and Fracking (February)
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, ranchers and land use in the United States. Hear about how people and communities are resisting. Watch the recording.
Who Cares about Food Stamps? (November)
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 part 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.
- 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.)
Coffee: Robust in (In)Justice? (October)
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.
Coalition of Immokalee Workers & the Campaign for Fair Food (September)
Presenters: Gerardo Reyes-Chávez (CIW) and Rev. Noelle Damico (PHP). View the recorded webinar.
GMOs: The "Facts" on Health, Environment, Farmer Impact, Control in the U.S. and the World (August)
Presenters: Katherine Zavala (International Development Exchange/IDEX) and Margot McMillen (Terra Bella Farm/Missouri Rural Crisis Center). View the recorded webinar.
Food & Trade (July)
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.