2020 Virtual Advocacy Summit: Our Faith, Our Future, June 8-9

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, Bread for the World has decided to move this year’s Advocacy Summit completely online.

Bread members from around the country will gather virtually to participate in worship, advocacy-focused workshops, learn up-to-date legislative priorities and virtually lobby Congress on hunger and poverty.

To be certain, this year’s Advocacy Summit will look different than previous in-person gatherings held in Washington, D.C. But its importance won’t be. More than ever, we will need your voice to ensure that the most vulnerable here in the United States and abroad receive the nutrition they need to lead healthy and fulfilling lives.

This webpage will be updated as the Advocacy Summit schedule is finalized, and guest speakers confirmed.

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Note: All sessions are pre-recorded unless otherwise indicated as a “live” event. The accompanying times for pre-recorded sessions are just suggestions. All pre-recorded sessions will be available on demand starting 8 a.m. (ET) June 8.

Monday, June 8

Opening Message
Introduction of Clergy; Reflection and Prayer
Healing the Divide:

This workshop will highlight the origins of our political divide and will offer Christian principles and practices to build bridges with people who hold differing political views. Some ideas will be drawn from “The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion” by Jonathan Haidt. Participants will be challenged to think differently about their neighbors—especially those on “the other side of the aisle”—and to pursue advocacy in a more unifying way.
Advocating Alone Together:

Get ready to make the most of your time while advocating! Join Mariam Mengestie, executive director of Missions at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church in Orlando, Florida and a native of Ethiopia, as she walks you through the basics of advocacy from storytelling to advocacy challenges during the pandemic. Afterward, we will discuss how to advocate virtually using various engagement tools such as phone calls, emails, social media and/or video conferencing with members of Congress and their staff.
Latino Leaders Convening (LIVE):

The Latino Leaders Live Convening offers leaders from churches, denominations, schools, organizations and partner networks the opportunity to connect and advocate to end hunger and poverty. The session will explore the intersectionality of hunger, migration, and resilience among Latino communities in the United States during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Closing Message
Pan African Consultation (LIVE):

The Pan African Live Consultation offers intergenerational African American/Pan African leaders from churches, denominations, schools, organizations, and partner networks the opportunity to connect and advocate to end hunger and poverty in the United States and abroad. The session will focus on economic justice as a hunger issue in this season of COVID-19 and its implications for engaging in the 2020 elections and 2020 census.

Tuesday, June 9

Opening Message
Introduction of Clergy; Reflection and Prayer
Legislative Briefing and Q&A (LIVE)
Closing Message/Send Off
Virtual Congressional Advocacy Action
Hunger and Hope: Lessons from (ET)hiopia and Guatemala
Rick Steves Documentary Screening (LIVE)
Q&A with Rick Steves
"For I know the plans I have for you … to give you a future with hope."

Jeremiah 29:11

from our Resource Library

For Education

  • Election Resources

    One of the best times to raise the issues of hunger and poverty is during election campaigns. Engage candidates in your state/district on hunger and poverty using our elections resources.
  • U.S. Hunger and Poverty State Fact Sheets

    These fact sheets provide a snapshot of hunger and poverty in the United States and in each state plus Washington, D.C. 

  • Conflict and Fragility Are Hunger Issues

     Conflict is a main driver of the recent increase in hunger around the world and of forced migration. Hunger also contributes to conflict. 

For Faith

  • The Bible on Health as a Hunger Issue

    “As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord, continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in him and established in faith.” These words from Colossians 2:6 remind us of the faith that is active in love for our neighbors.

    The Bible on...

  • Unity Declaration on Racism and Poverty

    A diverse body of Christian leaders calls on the churches and Congress to focus on the integral connection.

    Dear Members of Congress,

    As the president and Congress are preparing their plans for this year, almost 100 church leaders—from all the families of U.S. Christianity—are...

  • In Times Like These … A Pan-African Christian Devotional for Public Policy Engagement

    This devotional guide invites deepened relationship with and among Pan-Af­rican people and elected leaders in the mission to end hunger and poverty.

For Advocacy


African at Heart

November 22, 2019


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