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October 15, 2008

Announcing Food for Life: Recipes and Stories on the Right to Food; Upcoming Events Highlight Ecumenical Response to Global Hunger and Celebrate Lutheran Communion

Today is a day of celebration in the North American Region of the Lutheran World Federation (LWF). In Winnipeg, Kitchener, Chicago, and Minneapolis, people are celebrating the publication of Food for Life: Recipes and Stories on the Right to Food. In North America, this cookbook and educational resource is a joint publication of the LWF, Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC), and Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), with gratitude to Augsburg Fortress (USA) and Augsburg Fortress Canada.

Food for Life is a compilation of recipes, stories and table blessings from different contexts and cultures that can be used to prepare global dishes for yourself, your family and your congregation – and to lift up the work of the LWF. Through effective partnerships with Canadian Lutheran World Relief (CLWR) and the LWF, members of the ELCIC practice spirited discipleship around the world in LWF projects of compassionate justice that strengthen food security in many different parts of the globe.

Food for Life is available for purchase through Augsburg Fortress Canada at www.afcanada.com. Priced at $14.00 plus shipping, this book makes a great gift any time of year.

On Thursday, October 16, Christians around the global will mark World Food Day. Resources for congregations and individuals are available on the KAIROS: Canadian Ecumenical Justice Initiatives website at www.kairoscanada.org. As a member of KAIROS, the ELCIC works though effective partnerships for compassionate justice on our journey of spirited discipleship. The Canadian Foodgrains Bank, another partner through CLWR, is also encouraging individuals, congregations and communities to mark World Food Day, and has invited all who are able to Fast for Change. Further information is available online at www.endhungerfast.com.

LWF Sunday is quickly approaching. The ELCIC encourages all congregations to celebrate and give thanks for membership in this communion of churches on October 26, the last Sunday of the month. October 26 is also the day that many congregations will mark as Reformation Sunday. That this Sunday is also used as LWF Sunday is very appropriate, as the ELCIC joins with our Lutheran sisters and brothers around the globe in giving thanks for the communion we share in the Lutheran family, and within the worldwide body of Christ. Information and resources can be found at www.elca.org/Growing-In-Faith/Ministry/Partner-Related-Organizations/Lutheran-World-Federation.aspx.

In the next few weeks, ELCIC congregations will be receiving a Global Hunger and Development Appeal (GHDA) information package. The mailing will include resources and information on the work we do In Mission for Others together through our shared calling to work for justice and to care for the poor, hungry and marginalized of our world. For inquires on the mailing or to request additional resources, please contact orders@elcic.ca.

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