Hunger & Poverty

Presbytery approves resolution to officially oppose trade moves

By Mark Strothmann, Presbytery of Giddings-Lovejoy Joining Hands Since 2001, the Presbytery of Giddings-Lovejoy’s Joining Hands Peru Partnership has been working in La Oroya, Peru with our mission partners, Red Uniendo Manos Peru, the Peru Joining Hands network of the Presbyterian Hunger Program.  La Oroya is the home of a lead smelting plant owned by… Read more »

A Faithful Response to Climate Change

  By Elizabeth Hostetter and Elizabeth Vincent, Mennonite Central Committee Volunteers with the UMAVIDA, Joining Hands Bolivia The Christian faith has a rich heritage of creation care and simple living. This heritage necessarily leads to the responsibility of controlling our ecological impact with our production of waste and emission of harmful gases. Our God-given responsibility… Read more »

Fighting back against food chains

Andrew Kang Bartlett, Associate for National Hunger Concerns People who grow, harvest, process, prepare and serve our food are breaking the chains of injustice, not with tempered steel cutters but with human solidarity and the muscle of cross-sector alliances. From the retail chain link – food chain workers demanding $15 per hour and coordinated strikes… Read more »

Haiti Partnership: Mission Beyond Doing, Fixing, and Filling

By Cindy Corell, Companionship Facilitator, Haiti It would be a challenge for all of us. For me, the delegation from the Presbytery of the James would be the first group visiting the Joining Hands network in Haiti. For the delegation, it would be a “mission trip” unlike any they’d heard of or participated in. We… Read more »

A Spiritual Journey through Mining Contamination and Destruction to a Sustainable Future in Bolivia

By Rev. Don Shaw, Joining Hands Partnership Presbytery of Cascades Chenoa Stock, our Joining Hands facilitator in Bolivia, met us at the world’s highest international airport, located up 13,325 feet on the altiplano in El Alto, Bolivia.  El Alto is the nation’s second largest city, claiming more than 1,000,000 people, although just 20 years ago there… Read more »

Seed Freedom: Towards an “Economy of Giving”

By CG Jacob, CHETHANA, Joining Hands India The relationship between food security and food production is a complex one, but food security is mainly a political problem. Food security requires that all people have physical, social and economic access to sufficient supply of diverse, safe and nutritious food throughout the year which satisfies their dietary needs… Read more »

We are women farmers; we deserve more!

By Cindy Corell, Companionship Facilitator, FONDAMA,  JH Haiti A woman marching for women’s rights in Jeremie, Haiti, on October 15, smiles as she walks. Photos Courtesy of Cindy Corell.   Shortly before noon on Tuesday, October 15, 2013, the streets of Jeremie, a small coastal city on the southern peninsula of Haiti in the Department… Read more »

A community garden on wheels

Feasting from God’s Platter As Christians, we anticipate (despite everything!) heaven on earth, where even the most down-trodden are welcomed to God’s abundant feast. Valiant efforts are spreading across the nation to change the food system so all can access affordable and healthy food with dignity. The Capital District Community Garden (CDCG) illustrates what this… Read more »