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Action Alert: Churches Week of Action on Food: Plan now for "Partnering," Worship, and Action!

27. May 2014

    This year the Churches Week of Action on Food will be held 12-19 October.

     

    The Week of Action is a time to advocate for policies and practices – locally, nationally and internationally – to tackle the injustices that cause almost a billion people around the world to be hungry while over a billion suffer the unhealthy consequences of obesity. The Week of Action incorporates the International Day for Rural Women (October 15), World Food Day (October 16) and the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty (October 17).

     

    Our focus this year will be on resilience - ensuring that for the long term we have:

     

    1. Resilient livelihoods, communities and relationships
    2. Resilient farming production and food chains
    3. Resiliency promoted through policy

     

    What can you do?

     

    Join hands with a community in another country to share your food story

     

    Would your church or community group be interested in connecting with a church or community group in another country to learn about each other’s issues and concerns for food security? If so, let EAA link you with a community in another region as part of the Churches’ Week of Action.

     

    EAA will provide the EAA Sister Community Questionnaire to help get the conversation going. Some of the suggested topics include:

     

    • When and what do you typically eat in one day?
    • What foods are unique to your region?
    • What are your major concerns around food – for yourself, for your family, for your larger community, for your country?
    • How do you cook your food? For example, open fire? Wood stove? Propane stove? Gas/electric stove and oven? Microwave?
    • Engage in joint Bible study - select a food related biblical passage and share your reflections on what it means to you.

     

    You can decide how long you want the partnering to last. One suggestion is to start the conversation in September, and share stories and learnings that come from your conversation during the Churches’ Week of Action itself.

     

    Ready to sign up?

     

    Getting started is easy. Simply send your responses to the eight questions below to Christine Campeau, EAA Food Campaign Coordinator, at ccampeau@e-alliance.ch and we’ll match you up.

     

    1. Name of Church or Community Group:
    2. Location: City/County/Province and Country:
    3. Contact person name:
    4. Contact person email:
    5. What are some of the best ways for our group to communicate (e.g. email, Skype, social media, etc.):
    6. Language(s):
    7. Faith tradition, if any:
    8. Does your church or community group have a preference in connecting with a group in a particular location or from a particular faith tradition? If so, please indicate your preferences:

     

    We encourage all groups to share something about their “sister community” experience on the Churches Week of Action Blog to be set up in October 2014.

     

    Start your planning for the week by considering other actions like:

     

     

    • Plan a Worship Service: Set aside a church service on 16 October to focus on resilient farming production and its impact on livelihoods and the environment. The Churches Week of Action liturgy is currently being developed and can be used in its entirety or adapted for your context.
    • Ask questions: Explore in a group how we could become more efficient in the use of our natural resources, preserve biodiversity and provide balanced nutritious diets for future generations by studying the EAA action guides and resource materials.
    • Learn from the experts: Invite a local farmer to share his or her reflections about the food system at your next Sunday gathering or church study group.
    • Share your food story: Tell YOUR food story through words, pictures and actions by sharing them through social media, such as Youtube, Twitter and Facebook, using the hashtag #myfoodstory via @e_alliance.
    • Grow where you live: Host a competition to showcase the ten best urban agriculture projects in your area so that they can be models for cities everywhere.
    • Explore your faith and your food: Select a food-related biblical passage and share with your church study group or family what it means to you. A full library of worship resources from our members will be available to choose from.
    • Get your hands in the dirt: Plan a church or family trip to your nearest farm to learn more about where your food comes from and the steps involved in getting what’s grown to your plate.
    • Eat what you preach: Organize a church or community dinner and encourage people to bring dishes prepared with local produce. If ingredients are not local, people can be encouraged to read food labels so that they know where their food is coming from. Labels for dishes can share the source of food, and conversation can be encouraged about changes seen in local food growing and buying, and why these changes have occurred.
    • Celebrate local foods and knowledge: Organize a community fair that showcases local food producers and shares what your church has learned through its focus on the Churches Week of Action.

     

    More information and resources will be posted at

    www.e-alliance.ch/en/s/food/food-week-of-action

     

    Let us know what you are doing for World Food Day or the Churches’ Week of Action by emailing Christine Campeau, EAA Food Campaign Coordinator, at ccampeau@e-alliance.ch.


The Ecumenical Advocacy Alliance is a broad international network of churches and Christian organizations cooperating in advocacy on food and HIV and AIDS. The Alliance is based in Geneva, Switzerland. For more information, see http://www.e-alliance.ch/

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