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Myanmar Cyclone

This weekend, please remember the people of Myanmar in your prayers and offerings. It is still unclear how many people have lost their lives, and also unclear how the government of Myanmar will serve to help or hinder the international...

Garment factories as role models?

I’ve decided to go out on a limb today. I’m writing about something I probably have no business writing about. I apologize in advance to all whom I offend with my ignorance, and I welcome your comments and corrections. But...

The Bellwether Prize

I stumbled across an intriguing book list recently: winners of the Bellwether Prize. I love to read, and one of my favorite authors is Barbara Kingsolver. So when I read that she had founded a prize for literature, I immediately...

Causes of World Hunger

Looking for a quick way to convey the complexity of why hunger exists in the world? Try a mind map! It works as an individual activity, or with a leader mapping the ideas of a group. Once you’ve pretty much...

More on the Food Price Crisis

Question: How is ELCA World Hunger responding to the food price crises we are hearing about in the news? The Short Answer: Relief, development, education, and advocacy. The Long Answer: Our church understands that the causes of hunger–including the current...

The solution lies within the problem

I did a Web search recently, typing in phrases like “definition of hunger.” It was interesting in the vast worldwide Web the lack of coherent information I found on such a broad topic. I received the obligatory links to Merriam-Webster.com...

4 mothers and fathers and neighbors

Thinking of you this Mother’s Day, reads the ELCA World Hunger e-card. In her Lutheran Woman Today (May 2008) article, “All God’s Children,” Kathryn Sime invites us to think about “the mothers, fathers, and caring neighbors who love the children...

How much of your budget do you spend on food?

I’ve been reading lots of interesting statistics recently. Combine them and they become sobering very quickly. An example: From The New York Times: Indonesians spend 50% of their budgets on food, Vietnamese spend 65%, Nigerians spend 73%. The poorest fifth...

Povery & kids… it’s a no-brainer…?

My scientist husband directed my attention two weeks ago to an article in The Chronicle of Higher Education (Feb. 29, 2008, “Researchers Probe How Poverty Harms Children’s Brains”). In it, the author interviews neuroscientists studying the impact of poverty on...

A “hunger hero”

Kathryn Sime and I had the privilege of traveling in Peru with Pedro Veliz. I count myself as one of his many admirers and I was blessed to have met him. Pedro Veliz is one of my “hunger heroes.” Who...