Washington, DC, May 26, 2010
Three years ago, Bread partnered with JustFaith to produce an ecumenical version of its curriculum. The original curriculum was developed primarily for Roman Catholics and is based on Catholic social teaching. Today, the partnership has been expanded to include both the Roman Catholic and ecumenical versions. Both curriculum include readings, films, prayers, and retreats. Now the Catholic version will include readings and materials from Bread and a session in which participants do an Offering of Letters, the annual letter-writing campaign of Bread.
"We are enthusiastic about this partnership since it will embolden more Christians to be advocates for more compassionate policies for hungry and poor people," said Rev. Gary Cook, director of church relations, Bread for the World. "We look forward to working closely with JustFaith to implement this expanded program."
JustFaith, headquartered in Louisville, KY, offers educational programs all over the country for small groups of Christians who want to deepen their commitment—individually and within their churches—to people in need. Some 20,000 Christians, mostly Roman Catholics, have completed this intensive 30-week curriculum.
This partnership can only build more advocates,” said Pat Plant, a Bread member and JustFaith board member. “The lessons ask: ‘Why would a Christian advocate on behalf of hungry people?’ We read books and watch films that help us learn more about U.S. and global hunger. This can help church people get beyond knowing, reading, and talking—to doing.”