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OL Time is Almost Here

Our annual Offering of Letters (aka OL) returns next week, Sunday, March 19th and continues the following week, Sunday, March 26th. Every year we partner with Bread for the World to write letters and emails to our members of Congress because they have the power to impact the policies and programs that can end hunger.

What's this year's campaign focus?
This year is all about the Farm Bill. Our letters will urge our members of Congress to support reauthorization of a Farm Bill that builds healthy, equitable, and sustainable food systems.

The Farm Bill is an enormous piece of legislation, so it will take some time and effort to understand all that goes into it. I encourage you to begin that process today! This link is just three pages on what we're asking in this Farm Bill

To learn more about the Offering of Letters campaign, click here

We're not alone in this!
Our neighbors and siblings in Christ at St. Scholastica Catholic church and Christ the Servant Catholic church are also conducting an Offering of Letters this spring. I think that is amazing and wonderful that in a village as relatively small as Woodridge, three of our five churches are engaging in this direct advocacy! Praise God the Fount of Justice for that! 

Who is Bread for the World and why do we partner with them?
Bread for the World (aka Bread) is a non-partisan Christian advocacy organization urging U.S. decision makers to do all they can to pursue a world without hunger. Bread's mission is to educate and equip people to advocate for policies and programs that can help end hunger in the U.S. and around the world. 

We partner with them because they help us be the hand, feet, and voice of Christ in the world. 

To learn more about why we advocate in this way, click here.

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'Lift Every Voice' Series Resources

Ok friends, are ready for all the links? And, yeah, I really mean All. The. Links!

Throughout these first three weeks of our “Lift Every Voice” sermon series we’ve offered a wide variety of articles, ideas, and people for your Black History edification. So many offerings that it would be understandable if you missed some. Here, then, is the full compilation of all those articles, ideas, and people for you to read, learn with, and follow.

(Obviously it is impossible to list everything and everyone worth reading and knowing. This is just a list of those we mentioned during this sermon series. Still, if there something from the series I missed here, please let me know!)

Articles on the history and impact of “Lift Every Voice and Sing” 
—the Black National Anthem that is providing the structure for this sermon series. Click the links for the full story!

This article in the History of Hymns series on the UMC website.

This piece from the Smithsonian

This article from the Washington Post

This short piece from the NAACP

This blog post from the Roosevelt Alumni for Racial Equity

For a different approach to the song read this critique of the suggestion that the song alone can heal racism 


Daily Prayer Resource
Discipleship Ministries of the United Methodist Church offers daily prayers for anti-racism. Click here to read this week’s prayers and have the option to subscribe to their prayers for anti-racism emailed daily. 


Resources to better understand our history—and present
The National Memorial for Peace and Justice

The Birmingham Civil Rights Institute

This informative “What is?” series by the General Commission on Religion & Race of the United Methodist Church


Folks to follow on social media
I’ve noticed that I tend to follow people and accounts that look and sound and think like me. Here is an attempt to alter that pattern. These are just a couple examples that I mentioned in part 3 of the sermon series. Please share others I should add to the list!

Chef and author of Kosher Soul, Michael W. Twitty 

Artist, activist, organizer, and Confederate flag remover Bree Newsome Bass

Author Cole Arther Riley, aka Black Liturgies. She wrote This Here Flesh and posts breath prayers and longer prayers almost daily.


All those inventions!
Yet another reminder that Black history is all our history. 
Everyday inventions created by Black inventors such as folding chair, traffic signal, potato chips, refrigerated trucks, closes dryer, automatic gear shifts, peanut butter, and more

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