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Circle of Protection

posted Mar 5, 2012, 7:23 PM by James Christensen   [ updated Apr 13, 2012, 5:18 PM ]
On April 15 and April 22, we will write handwritten letters to our elected representatives in Washington advocating protection for funding for programs that help hungry and poor people lift themselves out of poverty.
Faith UCC is a Bread Covenant Church and our Bread Team -- Marilyn Glover, Rick Lorenz, Chris Wilkinson and Pat Bacon -- hopes this extended period of preparation will invite both greater understanding of the advocacy ministry of Bread for the World and how our faith in Jesus Christ shapes the lives we lead.
Bread writes, “When we steward our influence and urge our nation’s leaders to transform social structures and protect society’s most vulnerable people, we love God and our neighbor. Christians can create a circle of protection around people in need and strengthen the moral dignity of our nation’s programs and policies."
Expanding the Circle of Protection is the focus of Bread for the World's Offering of Letters 2012. This overall focus is in response to deficit-reduction proposals that Congress is considering, which could result in severe cuts to programs for hungry and poor people in this country and abroad. Bread is a founding partner of the Circle of Protection, a coalition of Christian denominations and religious organizations who are advocating for the protection of programs vital to hungry and poor people. 
Bread writes, “When we steward our influence and urge our nation’s leaders to transform social structures and protect society’s most vulnerable people, we love God and our neighbor. Christians can create a circle of protection around people in need and strengthen the moral dignity of our nation’s programs and policies."
Within this broader campaign are 4 mini-campaigns that address specific legislative topics before Congress.  Each of them will be introduced with a brief DVD on the following Sundays:
March 11 - Domestic Nutrition Assistance Programs - including Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly called food stamps) and Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women and Children (WIC).
March 18 - Poverty-focused Foreign Assistance - (only .6% of federal budget)
March 25 - Tax Credits for Low-Income Families - Help low-income workers lift themselves and their families out of poverty.
April 1 - International Food Aid Programs - including Food for Peace and McGovern-Dole International Food for Education and Child Nutrition.
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