Enough Food for Everyone… IF

The IF Campaign asserts that, in spite of an eighth of the world being hungry or malnourished, there is Enough food for Everyone IF certain conditions are met.

On 24th February Bishop David sent all members of the Birmingham Diocesan Synod the letter reproduced below, asking us to support this campaign.  Carol Dealey from St John’s, who is one of our Diocesan Synod reps has asked that the details go on our website.

Bishop David writes:

I’d like to ask you to join me in supporting this major campaign.

The Church of England is a member, together with many other faith bodies and aid agencies in the UK. It is in response to the G8 taking place on June 17-18th in Enniskillen, North Ireland, and to the hunger summit called by David Cameron, a few days beforehand. See the Church of England website for details.

The campaign asserts that, in spite of an eighth of the world being hungry or malnourished, there is Enough Food for Everyone IF the following conditions are met:
• AID. We give life-giving aid to stop children dying from hunger and help the poorest families feed themselves.
• LAND. We stop poor families being forced off their land and we grow crops for food not fuel.
• TAX. Governments stop big companies dodging tax in poor countries, so millions of people can free themselves from hunger.
• TRANSPARENCY. Governments and big companies are honest about their actions that stop people getting enough food.

May I invite you to:

Make contact with your MPs in the period leading up to the budget in March.

Take part in a Walk of Witness organised by faith leaders on Sat March 2nd. This begins with a RC Mass at St Chad’s Cathedral at 10am. All walkers are invited to attend and to be blessed by Archbishop Bernard at the end of the service. At 11am the walk will leave for St Martin’s in the Bullring, with approximate arrival at 11.45 for speakers, prayers and worship, finishing at 12.30pm.

Attend rallies around the time of the G8. There will be one in Northern Ireland and another in London; coaches will be going from Birmingham.

Reflect on the themes as they relate to your study and worship throughout the year. Theological resources are being produced, also activities for schools and young people.

Locally the best contacts are John Cooper and Sally Haden (nee Bossingham) at the Christian Aid Office, Room 403B, The Big Peg, 120 Vyse Street, B18 6NE (0121 200 2283) birmingham@christian-aid.org.uk
Information is also available from the staff of CAFOD, Tearfund and Oxfam.
There is also a national website  with an email address info@enoughfoodif.org

I have asked Canon John Nightingale to provide Church of England liaison across the Diocese. He can be contacted on 0121 458 6182 and 07811 128831 and at johnnightingale@btinternet.com

The Rt Revd David A Urquhart
Bishop of Birmingham

24th Feb 2013 Posted in: News, St John's Stories by Stella Jennings 0

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