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Washington, D.C.–The Community of Christ is honoring Rev. David Beckmann, president of Bread for the World, with its International Peace Award today. The international denomination established the award in 1993 to recognize peacemakers throughout the world.
“All the glory goes to Christ,” said Beckmann “I am extremely grateful to be part of an entire body of believers around the world that continues to fight for peace and justice.”
Beckmann will accept the award during the Community of Christ’s peace award ceremony in Independence, Mo. The ceremony will be webcast live in English, French, and Spanish. The event also kicks off the 21st annual Peace Colloquy, themed “Poverty: God Weeps.” Beckmann will also lead a plenary session and workshop on hunger and poverty on Oct. 25.
“Our partnership with the Community of Christ has been paramount to the success Bread for the World has achieved in ending hunger. As Scripture tells us, just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ,” said Beckmann. “Our continued efforts to end hunger are made possible through our dedicated members around the country. We will continue to work as one body of believers to end hunger at home and around the world.”
This year’s colloquy will highlight successful partnerships and approaches to ending poverty that are sustainable.
The Community of Christ has been committed to Bread’s mission of ending hunger since Bread was founded in 1974. The Community of Christ’s World Hunger Committee sponsored the Bread for the World’s first hunger report in 1995 and continues to be a strong Bread for the World partner.
“We know that, with God's help, we can end widespread hunger once and for all. The partnerships we create with each other to raise a unified voice against the forces that allow hunger to persist are key to making that happen in our time,” concluded Beckmann.
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