New Christian Study Guide Helps Congregations Discuss U.S. Farm Policies
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Washington, DC, December 1, 2011
Bread for the World Institute now offers a Christian Study Guide for engaging congregations and small groups in informative conversations about the 2012 Hunger Report, “Rebalancing Act: Updating U.S. Food and Farm Policies.”
“So much is at stake as lawmakers continue their work to reduce the federal deficit,” said Carter Echols, interim director of church relations at Bread for the World. “It is important that people of faith talk about how changes to U.S. food and farm policies will impact hungry and poor people around the world.”
The study guide features six small-group sessions designed to facilitate discussion and action based on the contents of the report. Each session includes a biblical reflection and questions; a summary of the report’s themes; discussion questions; activities; and an invitation to pray and act.
“The study guide was created for Christians of all theological and political backgrounds,” said Echols. “We pray this study guide will foster meaningful dialogue about how to refocus these policies to meet the challenges of the 21st century.”
Released last week, Rebalancing Act: Updating U.S. Food and Farm Policies calls for a shift from the current patchwork of farm subsidies to a comprehensive revenue insurance program. A well-designed plan would better meet the needs of farmers, reach more farmers, provide a healthy food supply for all, be less trade-distorting, help the environment, and save taxpayer dollars. The report also calls for strengthening international food aid while making it more effective by allowing for more local and regional purchase of food aid.
The study guide is available at www.hungerreport.org/2012/study-guide. A hard copy can also be found on page 120 of the printed Hunger Report.
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