As promised, I am going to write a brief bit about two exciting new resources coming your way!

Two weekends ago, members of the ELCA World Hunger staff and a few knowledgeable and spirited hunger leaders from around the country met at Lake Chautauqua Lutheran Center in picturesque, upstate New York for a creative retreat. The retreat was held to brainstorm content for two new ELCA World Hunger resources—the name, which I’m sure will be catchy, is yet to be determined. I had the opportunity to attend as a participant and as the (ever-faithful and diligent) note taker!

Here’s a picture of the group!


The two resources are meant to provide an adaptable, practical, easy-to-use, intergenerational, answer to the question:

“I’ve been asked to present for [insert your amount of time here] about world hunger to [insert your audience here]. What can or should I do?”

As concerned advocates for poverty ministries and world hunger, many of us are asked to present for an allotted amount of time to many differing audiences, be it the church youth group or at an adult forum during coffee hour. These two resources will be designed to help you organize that time! The resources will be unveiled at the upcoming ELCA World Hunger Leadership Gathering in Lakewood, Colorado, July 31-August 3, 2008.

Now that I’ve sold you on the purpose, you might be asking, “What topics are these resources going to address?” These first two, which will most likely be part of a series, will address two important topics:

What is ELCA World Hunger?
What is the connection between climate change and world hunger?

The first is fairly self-explanatory. It will help you to articulate key facts about world hunger and the work that ELCA World Hunger is doing with a “take away” to truly inspire your audience. The second resource will begin to address some of the important connections between climate change and world hunger.

To begin familiarizing yourself on connections between climate change, hunger, and poverty, please see the links below.

“Summary for Policy Makers,” by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, Work Group II.

“Adaptation 101: How climate change hurts poor communities– and how we can help,” by Oxfam America.

Happy learning!