Posts Categorized: Social witness

Support Farm Workers (and Undocumented Residents) During this Crisis

farmworkers in strawberry field Invest in farm workers first! Food system workers, including the first line of workers – farm workers – are essential workers and deserve our gratitude and support! They are risking their lives to ensure that the rest of society can eat. Therefore, we join with our partners around the country in calling for safety, health,… Read more »

Tips for Responding to Hunger in a Pandemic

10 Ways to Faithfully Respond With gratitude to Ryan Cumming (ELCA) from whom I borrowed liberally; but any mistakes are mine. ~ Andrew Kang Bartlett This is completely new territory for many of us. As we respond to help slow the spread of COVID-19, the routine daily movements of individuals, faith communities, businesses, and more… Read more »

Veil lifted on factory farms!

touch guy piglet with straw in mouth First Nationwide Study Reveals Widespread Opposition The PC(USA) General Assembly in 2016 passed the On Advocacy Against Factory Farming resolution. The opposition to factory farms (CAFOs), where hundreds, sometimes thousands of animals are raised, seems to be growing in the United States. [See bottom for explanation of CAFO] The first nationwide survey on the topic,… Read more »

Racial Wealth Gap Simulation!

from equality to equity to liberation Here’s a great educational tool from Bread for the World and NETWORK for getting – or keeping – the conversation going about hunger, poverty, inequality and race. The biblical study guide grounds the simulation in our Christian faith. The focus on policy is helpful in understanding how racism has translated into economic inequality and the… Read more »

How to Cool the Planet?

Urban Tilth photo Agroecology is One Answer! By Andrew Kang Bartlett In a world where giant corporations largely shape our food choices and perpetuate a form of agriculture which depends on fossil fuels, synthetic fertilizers and pesticides and workers making poverty wages, family farmers and eaters alike are eager to shift towards a more equitable and eco-friendly food-farm… Read more »

A Green New Deal for Food and Farming

photo of author By Ahna Kruzic, Communications Director of Pesticides Action Network North America Original post Globally, today’s food and agriculture systems are responsible for more climate change-contributing emissions than the world’s cars, trucks, planes, and trains combined. At the same time, we’re confronted with evidence that climate change is wreaking havoc on agricultural production—and unraveling systems of… Read more »

Community Organizing Energizes Largest African-American Church

CBCO assembly full of people Listening and Doing (James 1:22) By Deborah Agbor-Tabi When I joined St. James Presbyterian Church in Charleston, South Carolina, many things were new and fascinating.  St. James is the largest African American congregation in the denomination and has always been involved with the community in areas such as recreation and social events, working with the… Read more »

Backpack Buddies to Living Wages

food pantry pic Six years ago, Dottie Thaxton brought an idea to the mission committee of Clarksville Presbyterian Church (CPC), and a “Backpack Buddies” program was begun for children in their community.  The church soon realized that the problem of hungry students was larger than they alone could address.  So they joined hands with others and have seen… Read more »

UPDATE for Hunger Action Congregations: May 2019

Dear Friends in Christ, Happy belated Easter. As we approach the summer, may we continue to practice resurrection! Since I last wrote you in mid-January, eleven churches have joined as Hunger Action Congregations. With the great support from Rev. Meg Overstreet in Giddings-Lovejoy Presbytery, Missouri has generated many new HACs! And we have our first… Read more »

Faith and your dinner plate

globe and web with climate justice or climate chaos printed on it Food choices help mitigate climate change Originally published in the Presbyterians Today March/April 2019 edition Choosing a protein for a meal is no easy task. Can you afford it? Is it good for you? If you have kids, will they eat it? Then there are the less common and more challenging questions: Was the earth… Read more »