Bread for the World - 2019 Offering of Letters workshop

Better Nutrition, Better Tomorrow, & The Jobs Challenge

Saturday, April 13, 2019
First Presbyterian Church, Allentown


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Bread for the World

Lehigh County Conference of Churches

Justice & Advocacy

Gathering Schedule*

8:30 am Registration; Breakfast goodies and coffee/tea available
Resource displays and conversation with workshop leaders
9:00-10:45 Welcome, Devotions (Rev. Dr. Larry Pickens), Introductions
"Better Nutrition, Better Tomorrow"   Margaret Tran
10:00-11:00Public Policy - Conversation with U.S. Rep. Susan Wild
11:00-11:15Break refreshments, resource displays
11:15-12:30 Breakout session I (parallel workshops - see descriptions below)
  • 1. A Successful Poverty and Hunger Intervention Strategy
  • 2. Public Policy Advocacy Basics
12:30-1:30pmLunch and Policy Plenary
"The Jobs Challenge" Margaret Tran
1:30-2:45 Breakout session II (parallel workshops - see descriptions below)
  • 1. A Successful Poverty and Hunger Intervention Strategy
  • 3. Jobs Challenge conversation
  • 4. Troubling the Waters for the Healing of the World
2:45-3:00 Wrap-up: What comes next? / Evaluation


Plenary Theme:
Better Nutrition, Better Tomorrow, & The Jobs Challenge

Global Nutrition: Ending hunger around the world is not just about providing people with enough food - it's also about providing the right nutrients. Globally, 155 million children are stunted and will not have the chance to achieve their full potential because of poor nutrition early in life.

The Jobs Challenge: Since 1980, the benefits of U.S. economic growth have increasingly accrued to a relative handful of people while poverty and homelessness have become more prevalent, even among families with full-time workers.
As Bread for the World looks at what it will take to end hunger by the year 2030, we will be gathering stories of people in the Lehigh Valley about the benefits and challenges of employment here.

Breakout Sessions: Seminars and Workshops*

Also see the speakers page for more details about the breakout leaders, and look for workshop updates from time to time.

1. A Successful Poverty and Hunger Intervention Strategy
- John Deisinger and Dianne Kareha Deisinger
A photographic presentation of an NGO partnership with remote villages in Malawi, Africa, addressing six critical needs: water, food security, education, health care, infrastructure, and economic development.

2. Public Policy Advocacy Basics - Margaret Tran
What are today's effective ways to communicate with members of Congress--through office visits, letters, phone calls, email, and social media? What is an "Offering of Letters," and how is it done? This breakout is designed for those new to advocacy or to Bread for the World's Offering of Letters campaign, or for those who need a new spark in their advocacy actions. Bring your questions and your successes!

3. Jobs Challenge conversation - Margaret Tran
Help form legislation around the jobs challenge! Join us for an important conversation about the benefits and challenges of employment in the Lehigh Valley. This is one of many conversations Bread is having with churches and organizations across the country that will then form the legislative ask in the 2020 Offering of Letters campaign.

4. Following the Dream: Ecumenical Advocacy Days and Self-Determination - Sheila Clever
Ecumenical Advocacy Days (EAD) began in 2003. Each year, about 1000 advocates meet for the weekend in the latter portion of Lent to ask our legislators in Washington to vote on bills to promote peace with justice. This year, under the theme Troubling the Waters for the Healing of the World, we asked our Senators and Representatives to protect the rights of self-determination in the U.S. and world-wide. Legislation protecting voting and other civil rights world-wide is currently being considered. Come learn about EAD and the bills.


*The program and workshop offerings are subject to change. Please check this page again for updates.

Last Updated: 4/11/2019
Created: March 2, 2019