From: Sue Young, World Development Adviser, Diocese of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich
Harvest is a time when we think about food. We give thanks and celebrate what God had given to us. We also think about where our food comes from and consider how farmers and producers are treated. And we consider the food trading system and the role of food speculation.
Creation Time 1 September – 4 October
Every year, throughout the month of September, churches are encouraged to celebrate Creation Time. This year the theme is Our Daily Bread – Food in God’s Creation. When we pray “Give us our daily bread” we are both acknowledging our dependence on God’s generosity and our realisation that the answer to prayer needs to include agriculture, commerce, sharing, trade-justice, animal welfare, diet and a host of other considerations. The Churches Together in Britain and Ireland has a wealth of resources available for free download, including sermon notes, prayers of intercession, service outlines and group study notes (www.ctbi.org.uk/542/)
Churches Week of Action on Food 10 – 17 October
Around World Food Day on 16 October is the churches week of action on Food. Almost one billion people in the world live with constant hunger, despite the fact that we currently grow enough food to feed everyone. For campaigning material around the Food for Life campaign, visit the Ecumenical Alliance web site (www.e-alliance.ch/en/s/food/)
Banks are earning huge profits by betting on the price of staple foods, like wheat, maize and soya. This creates instability and pushes up global food prices, making poor families around the world go hungry and forcing millions into deeper poverty. On the World Development Movement web site (www.wdm.org.uk/food-speculation) you can learn more about this and take action by emailing the Treasury asking them to support strong and effective regulation to stop this betting on hunger.
Jean Daltry has become the new co-ordinator of the Diocesan link with the Diocese of Kagera.
Please pray for her as she takes on this demanding role, advocating the link and co-ordinating our activities. Contact her about all matters relating to Kagera email@example.com
EAST AFRICA CRISIS APPEAL
Fund raising evening of live music, auction, BBQ, raffle and stalls in aid of the Disasters Emergency Fund from 7.00pm on 16 September at the Brewery Tap Pub, Ipswich. For more information:
WALK FOR JUSTICE
On Saturday 8 October there will be an 8 mile circular walk from Bury St Edmunds cathedral in support of India’s Dalits and tribal people in their fight for land rights. Christian Aid partner Ekta Parishad is organising a year-long series of marches, culminating in an enormous 100,000 strong march from Gwalior to Delhi in October 2012. The marchers’ goal is to claim rights to lands that their families have worked and lived on for generations, and which they are denied because of discrimination. Christian Aid believes that if the Indian government were to implement an existing land rights law, it would lift 400 million people out of poverty. The walk in Bury, starting and ending with prayer, is to raise awareness and give financial support to Ekta Parishad and other partners working to tackle inequality in Asia. For further details and registration form see attached flyer or contact firstname.lastname@example.org
SUFFOLK CHURCHES FOR ZIMBABWE
Quiz evening at 7.30 on Friday 18 November to support Tearfund’s work in Zimbabwe. At the Labour Club in Felixstowe. £5 to include supper. For more information contact Sue Young (as below).
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