- Acerca del Hambre
- Erradicar el Hambre
- Nuestro Impacto
- Cómo Puede Ayudar
By Rev. Dr. Angelique Walker-Smith
Since the earliest days of Christianity, people of African descent have been drawn to the Word. This legacy is manifested in the United States through the lives and descendants of African slaves forced to immigrate to the Americas. In An Unbroken Circle, Father Antonious, a scholar in the Coptic (Egyptian) Orthodox Church, argues that “ancient, apostolic, Orthodox Christianity has gone full circle, from continent to continent, from Christ to His Apostles, from the Apostles to ancient Africa, from Africa to America, and from Black Americans to their sons and daughters.”
Father Antonious points out that “[f]rom its beginning to its end, the Bible provides information about God’s dealing with numerous nations, peoples, and tongues. Of the many people who are mentioned and highlighted in the Scripture, many are black people, African people.” This Pan-African lens helps us understand why churches primarily composed of people of African descent have advanced expressions of their global identity.
From the beginnings of ancient African churches, like the Coptic and Ethiopian Orthodox, a primary mandate has been to share the gospel to African kindred. This is also true of Historic African-American churches. These churches have had a special affinity to Africa and the African Diaspora. Each is organized to claim its historic Christian identity while deepening its commitment to ministry and mission.
This legacy extends beyond ancient churches and Historic African-American churches to African-American congregations within national churches that are not predominantly African-American. These include Protestant, Orthodox, Catholic, and Pentecostal families of faith. Many have a strong evangelical orientation. It is rare to visit national or international gatherings of these sects and not see Pan-African representation.
Today, a renewed fervor in these churches has resulted in reorganized networks, associations, and denominational bodies in the United States, Africa, the Caribbean, Latin America, and other parts of the world. In the United States, this has been sparked, in part, by an increase of first- and second-generation Christian immigrants of African descent .
Congregants in these churches understand the urgency of addressing hunger and poverty as priorities. The life and teachings of Jesus illustrate this, as do the history and present realities of Pan-African people in the United States and the world—who disproportionately experience hunger and poverty.
Bread for the World has always been a partner with these churches and looks forward deepening that relationship as we celebrate Black history.
Rev. Dr. Angelique Walker-Smith is senior associate for pan-African and Orthodox church engagement at Bread for the World.
From the beginnings of ancient African churches, like the Coptic and Ethiopian Orthodox, a primary mandate has been to share the gospel to African kindred.
Hunger and food insecurity add at least $160 billion a year to U.S. healthcare costs.
Mass incarceration has far-reaching effects in the United States. It poses a significant barrier to ending U.S. hunger and poverty by 2030—a goal the United States adopted in 2015. But the connection is not always obvious.
The United States has long been a global leader in responding to humanitarian emergencies. Food assistance that includes nutritious food for pregnant women and young children is both a life-and-death matter for individuals and an economic imperative for countries.
Dear Members of Congress,
As the president and Congress are preparing their plans for this year, almost 100 church leaders—from all the families of U.S. Christianity—are...
This devotional guide invites deepened relationship with and among Pan-African people and elected leaders in the mission to end hunger and poverty.
Thank you for inviting me to preach here at Duke University Chapel. And I especially want to thank the Bread for the World members who have come this morning.
Bruce Puckett urged...
A set of how-to sheets for carrying out advocacy and fact sheets on the current issues Bread for the World is working on.
For new and current Bread grassroots hunger activists.
Ideal as a starter toolkit for new Bread activists or as a set of updates for current activists.
Unnecessarily long prison sentences, combined with the lack of rehabilitative programs for people in prison, exacerbate hunger, poverty, and existing inequalities.
Overly harsh mandatory minimum prison sentences have contributed to the rapid increase of our country’s prison population. The...
Learn more about the principles that Bread for the World supports regarding health reform.