About the Hunger Work Group
The Saint Paul Area Synod Hunger Work Group is a group of clergy and lay members of the synod which works through this purpose statement: "Compelled by God's love, we work to alleviate hunger in all of God's world by prompting congregations and their members to practice generosity and to advocate for a just sharing of the world's abundance."
The group meets bimonthly on the fourth Tuesday of the month at Redeemer Lutheran Church in White Bear Lake and welcomes new people with a concern for the hungry and a passion for ending hunger. For more information contact Dale and Vernita Kennen at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Seasonings for the Synod
The hunger blog for the Saint Paul Area Synod is Seasonings for the Synod. Check back regularly for ideas, resources, and inspiration. Want to learn more about a particular issue? Send suggestions to Vernita Kennen at email@example.com.
ELCA World Hunger
The Hunger Work Group furthers the mission of ELCA World Hunger, a comprehensive and sustainable program that uses multiple strategies—relief, development, education, and advocacy—to address the root causes of hunger and poverty. ELCA World Hunger responds to neighbors around the corner and around the world.
ELCA World Hunger is not funded through regular benevolence giving—dollars which congregations send to the synod and the synod, in turn, forwards a percentage to the ELCA. Individuals and congregations do not support the ELCA World Hunger program by making donations to their congregations or the synod as regular benevolence. ELCA World Hunger monies are special gifts and are "above and beyond" regular benevolence giving.
Between 70-75 percent of ELCA World Hunger funds are spent internationally (through companion relationships, Lutheran World Relief, and the Lutheran World Federation), and 20-25 percent are spent domestically (primarily through the Domestic Hunger Grants Program and Education and Advocacy grants).
ELCA World Hunger www.elca.org/hunger
ELCA World Hunger is a comprehensive and sustainable program that uses multiple strategies—relief, education, development, and advocacy—to address the root causes of hunger and poverty. ELCA World Hunger responds to hunger and poverty in the United States and around the world. People are connected to the resources they need to lift themselves out of poverty.
Lutheran Coalition for Public Policy in Minnesota (LCPPM) www.lcppm.org
LCPPM, in response to God's love, seeks to engage all people of faith in the promotion of public policy that supports peace, justice and care for all of God's Creation. LCPPM works in and through the six ELCA synods in Minnesota on issues affecting Minnesota and Minnesotans.
Lutheran World Relief (LWR) www.lwr.org
U.S. Lutherans, freed and empowered by God's grace in Jesus Christ and called to respond to God's love for all people and creation, put faith into action through the mission of LWR. LWR values the contribution of Lutheran theology to our understanding of faith active in love and cherishes our Lutheran heritage and identity. LWR acts on behalf of U.S. Lutherans, the ELCA, and the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod (LCMS) as a common expression of our faith through international relief and development.
Bread for the World www.bread.org
Bread for the World is a collective Christian voice urging our nation’s decision makers to end hunger at home and abroad. By changing policies, programs and conditions that allow hunger and poverty to persist, we provide help and opportunity far beyond the communities in which we live. God's grace in Jesus Christ moves us to help our neighbors, whether they live in the next house, the next state, or the next continent.