With the 501st anniversary of the Reformation calling us out into the world, ELCA World Hunger is excited to announce the completion of our confirmation lesson series, “Hunger Catechisms.”
The Hunger Catechisms are intended to encourage understanding of the Small and Large Catechisms as they relate to our faith, our personal life and our public life for confirmation, high school youth groups and mentoring programs.
Each lesson begins with Martin Luther’s interpretations in both the Small and Large Catechisms and discusses their spiritual implications and social applications. At the end of each lesson is an example of how the ELCA is working alongside neighbors within the U.S. and around the world through the ministry of ELCA World Hunger.
Each lesson focuses on a variety of topics related to our call to justice:
- Economic justice
- Food insecurity
- Wage theft
- Immigration rights
- Gender equality
- Environmental justice
- Food waste
The ELCA defines confirmation as, “…a pastoral and educational ministry of the church that helps the baptized through Word and Sacrament to identify more deeply with the Christian community and participate more fully in it mission.”
It is our hope that these lessons encourage your ministry to dive deeper in your faith conversations and inspire the youth of your community to participate more fully in our shared mission of working towards a just world where all are fed.
Although you know your ministry best, here are some ways that other folks have used this resource:
- Youth group discussion guide
- Leader’s script (turn the main points and facts into slides)
- Supplemental curriculum during Catechism instruction
- Youth Advent or Lenten study
- Adult forums
- Mentor conversations
Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org and tell us how you used these lessons in your ministry!
If you’d like to learn more about other resources that ELCA World Hunger offers to congregations, please visit www.elca.org/Resources/ELCA-World-Hunger.
Gifts to ELCA World Hunger are acts of love towards our neighbors living with hunger and poverty both here and around the world. Together, we are creatively and courageously working toward a just world where all are fed.
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