Faith Leaders to Fast in Opposition to Trump Budget Cuts

WASHINGTON--()--Bread for the World and its partners are launching a nationwide, monthly fast to ask for God’s help with their advocacy for hungry and poor people. Numerous religious leaders – including the heads of some of the country’s largest Christian denominations, and a member of Congress, are joining in this effort.

The fast, called For Such a Time as This, begins May 21 with a 3-day fast by Bread’s president, Rev. David Beckmann, and other participants. It continues with prayer and fasting every 21st day of the month thru December 2018, the last month of the 115th Congress. The third week of each month is when food assistance provided by the government typically runs out.

On May 23, President Trump will release his budget for fiscal year 2018. By all accounts, the budget is expected to continue his push for unprecedented cuts to programs that help hungry and poor people in the United States and around the world.

The massive cuts proposed by the Trump administration could derail the extraordinary progress made against hunger. Like Esther of the Old Testament, Bread believes we are well-positioned for such a time as this (Esther 4:14). Through prayer, fasting, and advocacy, we — as individuals, churches, charities, businesses, and governments – can end hunger.

 

WHAT:

For Such a Time as This: A Call to Prayer, Fasting, and Advocacy

 

WHO:

Rev. David Beckmann, president, Bread for the World

The Honorable Barbara Lee, member, U.S. House of Representatives

Arturo Chavez, president & CEO, Mexican American Catholic College

Most Reverend Michael Bruce Curry, presiding bishop and primate, Episcopal Church

Rev. Elizabeth Eaton, presiding bishop, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America

Amb. Tony Hall, executive director emeritus, Alliance to End Hunger

Anwar Khan, CEO, Islamic Relief USA

Rev. Carlos Malavé, executive director, Christian Churches Together in the USA

Most Reverend Richard E. Pates, Roman Catholic Bishop of Des Moines

Senior Bishop Lawrence Reddick III, presiding prelate, Christian Methodist Episcopal Church

Dr. Barbara Williams Skinner, co-chair, National African American Clergy Network

Jim Wallis, president and founder, Sojourners

Thousands of individuals and faith leaders across the U.S. and around the world

 

WHEN:

Sunday, May 21 – Tuesday, May 23;

Every 21st day of the month through December 2018

 

WHERE:

Homes, businesses, and places of worship across the U.S.

Contacts

Bread for the World
Chris Ford, 202-688-1077
cford@bread.org

Release Summary

Bread for the World and its partners are launching a nationwide, monthly fast to ask for God’s help with their advocacy for hungry and poor people.

Contacts

Bread for the World
Chris Ford, 202-688-1077
cford@bread.org