Communities of Faith: United Against Hunger

The diverse faiths of the world share a common compassion for those in need. That shared compassion can be expressed through the interfaith efforts of Stop Hunger Now. Stop Hunger Now works with people of various religious backgrounds to host meal packaging events around the globe. The meal packaging process is a great way to engage community members of all ages around one goal: to share food with people in need

Our mission to end hunger in our lifetime aligns with the faith traditions of the Jewish, Muslim, Christian, Buddhist and Hindu religions, as well all other major religions of the world. We join with these religious groups in stating that feeding the hungry is a moral imperative for all people of faith:

“Desire not for anyone the things that ye would not desire for yourselves” -- Gleanings from the writing of Bah’a’ullah LXVI
Says Bhikku Bodhi, “The Buddha…clearly recognized the frightful toll that hunger takes on human life. In the Dhammapada, he said “Hunger is the worst illness.” When people go hungry each day, for months and years on end, every aspect of their life is degraded. The body loses mass and withers away; the pangs of hunger remain constant; one thinks only about food, dreams only about food. And the ultimate prognosis for chronic hunger is grim: debilitating illness, perhaps an early death.”
"...They sat down, about five thousand in all. Then Jesus took the loaves, and when he had given thanks, he distributed them to those who were seated; so also the fish, as much as they wanted." (John 6:10-11)

From a Stop Hunger Now volunteer:
"The Stop Hunger Now events have always been energizing. As a still young congregation, we celebrate them on the anniversary of our first worship each year. It's a great visible model of being the "worship/service" community when, at the close of worship we reorder the space for the meal packing."
--Rev. Doug Long, pastor, Umstead Park United Church of Christ, Raleigh, NC

Vacation Bible School
Considering “World Hunger” as a theme for vacation Bible school? Here is a simple curriculum you can download and customize. For more information, contact Steve Hickle, Faith Outreach Director, shickle@stophungernow.org.
“This is the sum of duty. Do not unto others that which would cause you pain if done to you.” (Mahabharrata 5:1517)
“And establish prayer and give zakat, and whatever good you put forward for yourselves – you will find it with Allah; surely Allah sees what you do.” (The Holy Qur’an, 2:110)

Offering zakat is a religious obligation for Muslims, and is the third of the five pillars of Islam (after prayer). In Arabic, zakat means purification, growth and blessing. Paying zakat is meant to remind Muslims to be appreciative of the blessings that Allah (Subhana Wa Ta’ala) has bestowed upon them, and to help empower those who have less.
“Is it (the fast that you choose) not to share your bread with the hungry, and bring the homeless poor into your house; when you see the naked to cover him, and not to hide yourself from your own flesh? Then shall your light break forth like the dawn, and your healing shall spring up speedily, your righteousness shall go before you, the glory of the Eternal shall be your rear guard. If you shall pour yourself out for the hungry and satisfy the desire of the afflicted, then shall your light rise in the darkness and your gloom be as the noonday. And the eternal will guide you continually, and satisfy your desire with good things, and make your bones strong, and you shall be like a watered garden, like a spring of water, whose waters fail not.” (Isaiah 58:7-8, 10-11)
“Treat others as thou wouldst be treated thyself” --Adi Granth
From The Seven Principles of Unitarian Universalism:
• The inherent worth and dignity of every person
• Justice, equity and compassion in human relations

Putting Faith Into Action

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Make ending hunger a family holiday tradition through our annual “Gift of Life” Advent Calendar. Each day offers a new quote, fact or action step to make a difference. Then download and print our Advent bulletin inserts to help promote awareness of hunger and kick-off the season of giving among your congregation.

Join the faiths of the world in making a real impact on hunger and poverty.  For more information on how you can work with Stop Hunger Now, contact:

Steve Hickle
Director of Faith Outreach
shickle@stophungernow.org

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