As the summer came to a close and fall kicked into full gear, I transitioned from my summer internship position to an extension of my time with ELCA World Hunger — something I am very excited about! The past couple weeks have kept me quite busy, and the next few are equally packed full of new opportunities and experiences. I’m excited to report and reflect on all these wonderful things via Hunger Rumblings. So here’s a preview of future entries based on what’s been going on with me, and what’s coming up!

Class: Last Wednesday I started a Christian Ethics class at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago. The class is called The Church in Society: A Lutheran Perspective. We’ll be exploring the nature and meaning of social ethics, specifically the tradition of Lutheran social ethics. I’m still figuring out what that means, but I am anticipating a classroom learning experience that brings together social ethical theory and the practical dimension of how Lutheran congregations and faith-based organizations engage problems in the world. The class meets for the second time tonight, and I’ll be blogging soon about some of the cool things I’m sure I’ll be learning once the class gets rolling.

GMGs: Last weekend I attended the Glocal Mission Gathering in Lexington, South Carolina. I also get to travel to Grand Forks, North Dakota in the beginning of October for another Glocal Mission Gathering. In South Carolina learned a lot, saw some cool things and had great workshop and conversation time with really interesting people! Stay tuned for more GMG reflections.

Hunger Leadership Gathering: This weekend I get to be a part of the ELCA World Hunger Leadership Gathering in Detroit, MI. I’m excited to get on the road tomorrow and join many of my colleagues who are already in Detroit, setting up for this awesome weekend event. I’m really looking forward to meeting ELCA World Hunger leaders from across the country and participating in the plenary sessions, workshops and field trips planned. I lived in Michigan nine months out of the year for four years while I was in college, but only ventured to the east side of the state one time. I think it’s going to be incredibly interesting to explore some of Detroit’s unique issues related to hunger and poverty.

All this going on means I have a lot to blog about! I’ll be sharing more soon!

Julie Reishus