Politics of Eating
Sermon originally delivered at the Jack Crum Conference at Highlands United Methodist Church in Raleigh on… Continue Reading
Date: Proper 13 – Aug. 3, 2014
Topic: Ending Hunger
Focus Text: Matthew 14:13-21
Jesus’ feeding the multitudes is found in all four gospels. Both Matthew and Mark include two feeding stories. While Luke includes only the feeding of the five thousand, his gospel is filled with significant events surrounding meals. John’s extended account of the feeding of the multitude is interwoven with his account of the Eucharist. All of the evangelists saw in this story something crucial to the identity of Jesus and the life of the church.
The Jefferson PostHave you ever gone to bed hungry? Have you ever skipped a meal so that your children could eat? Have you ever waited in a long line to take home a bag of leftover groceries that was no longer fit for store shelves?
Did you know that 1 in 6 North Carolina households reported serious problems affording adequate nutritious food at some point last year, according to new data released by the U.S. Department of Agriculture today. Of the North Carolinians experiencing this food insecurity, some 5.5 percent experienced very low food security – meaning that one or more household members had to reduce their food intake at least some time during the year.
Date: Proper 16 – Aug. 25, 2013
Focus Text: Isaiah 58:9b-14
God does not say here, “The poor you have with you always, so relax, take your time, pay your bills, balance your budget, play the lottery, fill up the SUV, take a vacation, and, if there are any crumbs left on the table, offer pennies to the hungry.” Rather, God clearly gives feeding the hungry top priority on the daily agenda of God’s people rather than fighting terrorism and protecting one’s job security, life insurance, college savings program, or retirement investment.
Last week, while senators in Washington indicated their overwhelming support for the Farm Bill through a preliminary floor vote, farmworker families throughout the Southeastern U.S. toiled long hours in the summer heat. After 14-hour days in the fields, many farmworkers return home pesticide-ridden, underpaid and empty-handed — financially unable to provide adequate food for themselves and the hungry mouths that await them.
While the Great Recession technically ended in mid-2009, its effects on North Carolina’s workers and families have dragged on. High unemployment and underemployment have led to increases in numerous measures of economic hardship, including hunger. More than two million North Carolinians faced food hardship in 2010.For more than a million individuals in North Carolina facing hunger, the state’s food stamps program provided a vital lifeline. Participation in the program has surged since the start of the recession, with the equivalent of the population of Charlotte being added to the program.
Friends of the NC Council of Churches in Western North Carolina will be fasting on Good Friday in solidarity with the poor, and in recognition that budgets are moral documents. They call upon Congressman Shuler to work with his colleagues find a way to balance the federal budget that does not place the burden for doing so on the shoulders of those vulnerable Americans who are least able to bear that burden.
RT @ACLU_NC Thanks to the hard work of community organizers and activists around North Carolina, @NC_Governor vetoed H.B. 370. Now we need you to take the next step & contact your reps to ensure lawmakers sustain his veto. #NCGA action.aclu.org/send…
As we prepare for our 85th Anniversary in 2020, we reflect on those who laid the foundation for us to get here. Check out the "Journey of Faith" from our 75th Anniversary to hear from those who made it possible for us to continue this prophetic work. bit.ly/2Z1FWzH pic.twitter.com/qHFo…
Cooking gives us the opportunity to expand our knowledge about other cultures. Check out this guide from @MyPlate that celebrates Latinx culture through dishes inspired by the Latin American countries! ¡Buen Provecho! bit.ly/2TyxyXC @GoyaFoods #FoodFriday #HealthyLiving pic.twitter.com/Ul61…
Peaches are a sweet summer treat that refreshes the soul. Check out this easy vegan peach cobbler recipe to spice up your kitchen -- it's kid-approved, so it must be mouth-watering! #FoodFriday #HealthyLiving #HealthyEating #healthylifestyle bit.ly/2KB1qj3 pic.twitter.com/jAsV…
It's not too late to get involved in the NC 100-Mile Challenge with @nc100miles. Plus we're offering up to $1000 to churches who successfully complete it! #ncstateparks #nc100miles #HealthyLiving #healthylifestyle twitter.com/healthan…
Meal planning is a great way to balance your meals in an organized fashion. Check out this guide from @MyPlate for tips to make meal planning hassle-free! bit.ly/2Z7OOD #HealthyEating #healthylifestyle pic.twitter.com/Tcq9…
RT @nclcv When it comes to protecting us from rising seas & heat waves, @SenThomTillis & @SenatorBurr have been total flops. On 9/6 in #Raleigh, urge them to #ActOnClimate while enjoying drinks, food & live music. Co-hosted by @EnvironmentNC & @NCIPL. facebook.com/events/…
#ActOnClimate & HAVE FUN ~ Come out & enjoy drinks-food-music, in #Raleigh and a chance to urge @SenThomTillis to save the planet we call home. Food and band lineup to be announced soon! Click here for details ~> facebook.com/events/… Hosted by @nclcv @EnvironmentNC @NCIPL
For over 40 years, NCSEA has helped pave the way for North Carolina to be a #cleanenergy leader. @nccleanenergy accomplishments are your accomplishments, too. Click here to learn about how we can all celebrate together! energync.org/gala