Bread for the World - 2013 Offering of Letters workshop

A Place at the Table

Saturday, April 27, 2013

First Presbyterian Church
3231 Tilghman Street

(Tilghman St. at Cedar Crest Blvd.)
Allentown, PA 18104
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Bread for the World

Lehigh County Conference of Churches

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  • This annual gathering will include discussion of both local and national food and hunger issues and tools for advocacy with our elected members of Congress.

    There will be time for conversation with special guest Congressman Charles Dent (invited).

    "A Place at the Table"

    Download the 2013 Offering of Letters Introduction (PDF). There's also a video clip and related resources here. Then look for additional resources in March.
    For additional background reading on the issues, view or download the BFW report:
    Hunger 2013: Within Reach: Global Development Goals
    [227 pages,with study guide.]

    Plenary Presentation: "A Place at the Table"
    with Larry Hollar

    Larry Hollar is Senior Regional Organizer with Bread for the World. He is also an ordained Presbyterian elder, a professional Biblical storyteller, church musician and liturgist.
    Before coming to Bread for the World's staff in 1985, Mr. Hollar spent a dozen years in government legal positions in Washington, serving as staff counsel to the Committee on Banking, Finance and Urban Affairs of the U.S. House of Representatives, and as special assistant to the General Counsel and staff attorney with the U.S. Department of Transportation.... [more]

    The April 27th workshop will offer materials, key information, and creative learning experiences to equip you to organize an Offering of Letters in your church, campus, or group.

    The program will also include presentations on local food and hunger issues, and workshops on advocacy skills. See full workshop descriptions here.

    Workshop topics (in two breakout sessions) will include:
    • Overview of Hunger Report 2013 - "Within Reach: Global Development Goals"
    • "Food Justice for a Healthy World" - report from Ecumenical Advocacy Days
    • U.S. and Pennsylvania Public Policy: 2013-14 Budget Issues
    • Advocacy in an Era of Complex Congressional Process
    • Dealing with "Push-Back" and Negative View of Government
    • "A Place at the Table" - documentary discussion
    • Youth workshop (TBA)
    • "How-To" workshop: Public Policy Advocacy 101
      • Offering of Letters
      • Working with Media
      • Letter-Writing Basics ...

    Continental breakfast and lunch are included. (Suggested donation: $5, Students/Low Income: free)

    Pre-registration begins March 1st. Sponsored by Bread for the World and Lehigh County Conference of Churches (Justice and Advocacy Comm.), and Second Harvest. For further information, contact the LCCC office at 610-433-6421; or Bob Walden

  • For more information about Bread for the World and the "Offering of Letters", see
  • For more information about the Justice & Advocacy Committee, see
    There will be other "Offering of Letters" workshops in Eastern and Central Pennsylvania. Click on the links below for details and registration.
    Thursday, April 18, 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., at Christ Presbyterian Church, 421 Deerfield Rd., Camp Hill, PA 17011.     See details here.
    Saturday, April 20, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 noon, at Broad Street Ministry, 315 S. Broad St., Philadelphia, PA 19107.     See details here.
    Sunday, May 5, 12:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., at Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd, 1780 N. Washington Ave, Scranton, PA 18509.     See details here.
  • "A PLACE AT THE TABLE" - view the documentary film at First Presbyterian Church, Allentown. It will be shown twice: Friday, April 19 at 7:00 pm, and Friday, April 26 at 7:00 pm, in Fellowship Hall. [Map & Directions]
    You can also watch on-line (rent from iTunes, Amazon, Google Play, etc.)

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