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The churches and organizations engaged in the Food for Life Campaign are repositories of Biblical knowledge and insights that can enrich the entire campaign. The Ecumenical Advocacy Alliance (EAA) wants to encourage the sharing of such submissions and thus launched a “sermon competition” in October 2010 for sermons reflecting on food and faith, as a basis for our actions together.

Our review panel was very impressed with the quality of the sermons we received, which indeed gives us rich biblical and theological reflections to ground on work and actions that address the root causes of hunger in our world. They reviewed each of the submissions based on a number of criteria.

Winning Sermon

Rev. Dr. Randall Bush, East Liberty Presbyterian Church, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA submitted the “winning” sermon and was the guest preacher at the Food Week of Action worship service at the Ecumenical Centre in Geneva on 17 October 2011. Read his sermon, “Fields of Gold” (Ruth 1:22-2:7).

Churches’ Week of Action on Food was a culmination of actions throughout the week and closed with the delivery of "Food for Life" Sermon Competition winner at the ecumenical worship service held at the Ecumenical Centre in Geneva on 17 October 2011. For those of you unable to attend the event, you can watch the worship here.

Please do let us know if you would like DVD copies of this event.

Rev. Dr. Randall Bush delivering his sermon

Other top-rated sermons:

“Faith and Food: Life in Two Dimensions” (Isaiah 58:10) by John  W. Ekstedt, retired Lutheran pastor and former professor and associate dean in the Faculty of Arts at Simon Fraser University, British Columbia, Canada

“Faithful Food” (Ruth 2:1-13, John 6:1-15) by Rev. Dr. Lesley Fox, United Church of Canada minister, living in rural southern Manitoba.

“God the Great Inviter” (Jeremiah 2:4-13; Luke 14:7-14) submitted by Julie Lees, May 2011 graduate of Vancouver School of Theology

“Preparing to Meet the King for Judgment” (1 Kings 17:12-16; Matt. 25: 31-46) by Julius M.L., visiting minister at Neema (“Grace”) Baptist Church in Meru, North Kenya, and assistant lecturer at Mount Meru University, Arusha, Tanzania.

“The Bread of Life” (John 6) by Leif Nordenstorm, a priest in the Church of Sweden

“Give us this Day Our Daily Bread” (Matthew 6:11) by Brian Rude, pastor of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada, serving as a missionary in El Salvador

“Lenguajear del Pobre - La Comida: Caridad o Comunicación/Language of the Poor – Food: Charity or communication” (Luke 12:15) by Rev. Reddy Dorado Vergara, Presbyterian Church of Bolivia [ Spanish ] - [ English ]

“Jesús y la alimentación/Jesus and Food” (John 6:1-15) by Fabián Wilches, Evangelical Lutheran Church, Bogata, Colombia [ Spanish ] - [ English ]

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