October 30, 2014

Rumi Forum Honors David Beckmann

Washington, D.C. –The Rumi Forum is honoring Rev. David Beckmann, president of Bread for the World, with its Extraordinary Commitment of Service to the Community Award today.

The Rumi Forum recognizes Beckmann for his “enormous contributions to stand with those who struggle to make ends meet and provide for their families and your commitment to overcome hunger and poverty in the U.S. and around the world…(S)uch contributions are extraordinarily important to reduce inequity among those who are in need for much support in the community.”

“I am honored by the Rumi Forum’s award,” said Beckmann, “but all the glory goes to God and the countless Bread volunteers around the country who persistently advocate to end hunger. We will continue to work as one body of believers to end hunger at home and around the world.”

The Rumi Forum was founded in 1999. According to its website, its mission is “to foster intercultural dialogue, stimulate thinking and exchange of opinions on supporting and fostering democracy and peace and to provide a common platform for education and information exchange.”

The Rumi Forum’s annual awards are presented to extraordinary individuals and organizations who have greatly contributed their time, energy, leadership, and dedication to the cause of dialogue, peace, tolerance, community service, and understanding.

Beckmann will accept the award during the 2014 Rumi Peace and Dialogue Awards ceremony at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. The awards are named after Rumi, a 13th century poet, jurist, and Sufi mystic.

“Educating and empowering people to speak out against the forces that allow hunger to persist are crucial in the fight against hunger. We know that, with God's help, we can end widespread hunger once and for all,” concluded Beckmann. 

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For Education

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  • Advancing Nutrition through Food Aid Reform

    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.

For Faith

  • Unity Declaration on Racism and Poverty

    A diverse body of Christian leaders calls on the churches and Congress to focus on the integral connection.

    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...

  • In Times Like These … A Pan-African Christian Devotional for Public Policy Engagement

    This devotional guide invites deepened relationship with and among Pan-Af­rican people and elected leaders in the mission to end hunger and poverty.

  • Sermon by David Beckmann at Duke University Chapel

    Remarks delivered October 1, 2017 at Duke University Chapel in Chapel Hill in North Carolina.

    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...

For Advocacy

  • Grassroots Advocacy Toolkit

    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.

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  • Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act of 2017

    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...

  • Health Care Is a Hunger Issue

    Learn more about the principles that Bread for the World supports regarding health reform.