Feed the Hungry initiative – get involved
For September 1- October 4, 2017, the focus of Harvest Festivals–from the LSE perspective–will be: ‘Feed the Hungry!’ This is line with the dreadful reality of hunger across the world and even in Ireland.
In preparation, you are invited to collaborate ecumenically with local groups organising Festivals or to create your own. You can google the websites of the Church of Ireland or England, which provide rich resources under Harvest Festival Resources.
We provide a Poster and prayer card for the event which you can copy and distribute.
Rituals might include the following elements or others:
- A simple meal. Bake or buy bread or cake, and share it!
- Thanksgiving for the gifts of the earth
- Intercessory Prayer both for the hungry and for ourselves that we may become more aware of the reality of hunger around us
- Symbolic actions which show our commitment to
(a) fair distribution of harvests,
- Elimination of hunger from the world
- Minimisation of waste, etc
- Discernment for Concrete Actions.
* Loving Sister Earth supports groups such as Bothar, Trocaire, Concern, and those featured in Eco Congregation Ireland, (firstname.lastname@example.org). This is a forum for good things that are happening close by. We don’t need to reinvent the wheel but to encourage people to put their shoulders to existing wheel as best they can!
* The Pope on July 3, 2017 spoke to the FAO of the UN. He says that ‘the intention to provide everyone with daily bread is not enough’ and that everyone has the right to be free of poverty and hunger, because the goods of creation are meant for all. He sees a lack of global solidarity as the root problem, and states that the vocation of the Church is to stand with the poor. (You could quote from this and perhaps agree to study the Address).
* Two useful quotes from Laudato Si: ‘Whenever food is thrown out it is—as it were—stolen from the table of the poor’ (50); ‘Purchasing is always a moral, and not simply an economic act’ (226).
* The GCCM (Global Catholic Climate Movement) is advertising the Pope’s pledge campaign that aims to mobilize one million people who will promise to turn Laudato Si into action. Check the website, consider joining and getting others to do so.