Building BridgesWorking group name: Building Bridges – Making Connections Through Food

Mission: (1) To educate and empower those who have been blessed so they can see their role in blessing others, (2) To educate and empower those with food insecurity so they receive God’s blessings from a variety of places and hands

Description of anticipated goals/activities:

  1. Provide tools that help people give thanks for God’s grace and blessings
    1. Donating food and money for food
    2. Volunteering to distribute, prepare, collect food
    3. Interacting with those receiving food with respect
  2. Remove stigma too often associated with receiving food
    1. Educate one another to show how great the need is in our own communities
    2. Educate one another to see each other as brothers and sisters in Christ (rather than the circumstances, culture or appearances that too often define us)
    3. Educate one another to show that food security needs are circumstantial as well as short and long termA
  3. A central focus on discipleship: as follows of Jesus we are called to….
    1. Share what we have been given
    2. Serve those in need
    3. Strengthen families big and small

Prayer Cubes

These prayer cubes are a way to connect our faith with the action we are called to: feeding all in Southeastern Minnesota. Each cube has a unique purpose: to connect families in praying for food insecurity or to connect those working to end food insecurity with prayers for those who will use the food and resources they provide.

Video & Links for Discussion

“The Danger of A Single Story” by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (TED Talk Video): http://www.ted.com/talks/chimamanda_adichie_the_danger_of_a_single_story#t-775120

Reflection Questions

  1. If our lives are a series of overlapping stories that form us and influence how we see the world, what does the speaker, Chimamanda, mean when she refers to the danger of a single story?
  2. How might food insecurity be a “single story” in the lives of many in Southeastern Minnesota?
  3. A quote from Chimamanda’s TED Talk: “Many stories matter. Stories have been used to dispossess and to malign. But stories can also be used to empower and to humanize. Stories can break the dignity of a people. But stories can also repair that broken dignity.”
    • How might we, as a church, walk with our neighbors and help them tell their stories in a way that brings hope and dignity?

“This is what happened when I drove my Mercedes to pick up food stamps”: http://www.washingtonpost.com/posteverything/wp/2014/07/08/this-is-what-happened-when-i-drove-my-mercedes-to-pick-up-food-stamps

Reflection Questions

  1. What surprised you from Darlena’s story?
  2. How’s is Darlena’s story of food insecurity different from the story we are often told about those who are hungry?
  3. As Darlena enters into the church to apply for the WIC program what is her experience?
  4. As the church, could we play a part in offering a different experience than the one Darlena had? How?

“Are you oblivious to other people’s needs?” by Pastor Chris Brekke: http://www.postbulletin.com/life/lifestyles/pulpit-are-you-oblivious-to-other-people-s-needs/article_98f87348-05f8-5f75-a607-2d55105f3974.html

“Food: The Next Frontier For The Sharing Economy?” by Anya Kamenetz: http://www.fastcompany.com/3005324/food-next-frontier-sharing-economy

Resources available from the Build Bridges Working Group:

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