ELCA World Hunger: 40 Days of Giving

Date posted: Monday 27 February 2017

The ELCA’s World Hunger Program reminds us that “the connection between faith, worship and justice was central for Martin Luther. His concern for the poor and his sharp rebuke of economic injustice laid the foundation for us today to see the many ways our faith calls us to strive for justice in our world. In this, the 500th year since the Reformation, Luther’s call for economic justice is more pressing than ever.”


ELCA World Hunger’s 40 Days of Giving is a special opportunity for us and for our congregations to respond in ways that not only provide food for people for the day but that respond faithfully to the needs of the world today and in the future. We need to be working together toward a “just world where all are fed and the cycle of hunger and poverty is broken – for good.”


You can sign up and receive daily devotions in your email inbox during the 40 days of Lent at ELCA.org/40Days. A special five-week education series that looks at key aspects of the economy and explores questions related to economic justice is available at ELCA.org/Hunger/Resources. There is also an accompanying children’s study with weekly activities relating to the themes.


And you can be moved to support ELCA World Hunger with special offerings. The goal for 2017 is to raise $1.5 million during Lent. That’s a lofty goal but we are people of faith, grateful for the gift of grace and called to respond by “loving one another as yourself.” Make use of these excellent resources in your life and congregation during the Lenten season ahead.


Vernita Kennen


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