Bread President David Beckmann Delivers Keynote Address at Peace Conference
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Washington, DC, November 14, 2011
Rev. David Beckmann, 2010 World Food Prize laureate and president of Bread for the World, addressed religious and social activists today at the fourth annual Lake Junaluska Peace Conference in North Carolina.
“We can end hunger within the next two decades, and there are reasons for hope—despite the state of the poor economy and our dysfunctional politics,” said Beckmann. “As Congress is considering ways to reduce our federal deficit, we must not balance the budget on the backs of hungry and poor people.”
The three-day conference will address the root causes of economic inequality, using plenary sessions, discussion groups, and workshops to create a dialogue among social justice leaders and attendees. A special emphasis is placed on fostering interfaith communication and peacemaking, with leaders of the Christian, Muslim, and Jewish faiths joining to address the role of religious activism in society.
“Reducing poverty and hunger has not been a top priority for our nation. The main thing we need to do is build political will and commitment,” added Beckmann. “The God we know is expecting Christians and people of faith to get with the program.”
Other prominent guests and speakers include Michael Ayuen de Kuany, one of the “Lost Boys of Sudan,” Dr. Bob Edgar, president and CEO of Common Cause, Bishop Nkula Ntambo of the United Methodist Church of the Democratic Republic of Congo, Dr. Tom Stephens, former United Nations development fund consultant and World Bank economist, and Dr. Ebrahim Moosa, professor of religion and Islamic studies at Duke University.
A special session will highlight corporate social responsibility and explore ways foundations, faith communities, and individuals can work for economic justice through responsible investing.
Bread for the World is a collective Christian voice urging our nation's decision makers to end hunger at home and abroad.
Kristen Y. Archer, Media Relations Manager, 202-688-1118
Fito Moreno, Media Relations Specialist, 202-688-1138