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Our Daily Bread
Celebrating God's Abundance!
In the anticipation of the LWF 11th Assembly in July 2010, Stuttgart, Germany, we will reflect on the theme, “Our Daily Bread: Celebrating God’s Abundance.” Please join the 68.5 million Lutherans in reflection and worship.
To learn more about the LWF member churches’ stories on food security and sovereignty please check out the Lutheran World Information Special Issue
"Food sovereignty is the right of peoples to define their own food and agriculture; to protect and regulate domestic agricultural production and trade in order to achieve sustainable development objectives; to determine the extent to which they want to be self reliant; to restrict the dumping of products in their markets; and to provide local fisheries-based communities the priority in managing the use of and the rights to aquatic resources. Food sovereignty does not negate trade, but rather, it promotes the formulation of trade policies and practices that serve the rights of peoples to safe, healthy and ecologically sustainable production."
-"Statement on Peoples' Food Sovereignty" by Via Campesina, et al.
Bishop Mark S. Hanson, LWF President, writes: "Much like the rest of the world, we have been deeply affected by the global recession... In our position of power and privilege, and profound abundance that we were living in, it is easy to fail to see the signs that we are still a part of a broken and hurt world. ... Although we may be just beginning to feel the fear and hunger from the economic downturn, those who are poorest have already felt these realities. In this context, what then does it mean to gather around the table and celebrate God's abundance?"
Rev. Dr. Ishmael Noko, LWF-General Secretary, introduces the theme saying: "The quest for daily bread is not only a deep ethical, moral and theological qusetion but also an existential and spiritual challenge for our worldwide family of Lutheran churches. Let us turn Jesus' prayer from a lament into a hopeful declaration for acts of justice in solidarity with the most vulnerable in our communities."
Resources to Assist You in Your Planning
- In Worship and Liturgy, consider focusing the service (or part of the service) on the theme of Our Daily Bread.
- Click here to view a Selection of Hymns to celebrate and renew commitment.
- Click here for the LWI Special Issue featuring LWF Sunday Worship Resources (page 21-24), a worship resource prepared from the North American region includes Prayer, Lament, Praise and Presentation: What We Receive and Share (Great Thanksgiving and Post-Communion Prayer). These may be used in whole or intertwined with your regular liturgy.
- In Adult Education/Forums, LWI Special Issue Biblical Reflection of Food Security and Sovereignty (pages 4-5).
- In Children's Education/Sunday School,
- Take a Quiz about Hunger and Food Sovereignty
- For Children's time, read a "Story from the Field" from Food For Life.
- LWF Wristbands may be ordered to promote our unity through the LWF and support an LWF program on food sovereignty and food security. Click here to learn more...
- Announcements to share with your Congregation
LWF Contact information:
LWF-North American Office at www.elca.org/lwf
LWF-Geneva headquarters at www.lutheranworld.org
By email at email@example.com
By telephone at 1-800-638-3522 ext 2636