Faith leaders are by vocation storytellers and story translators. Pastors use stories from the scripture to illuminate issues that communities are facing today and to spur parishioners to imagine and embody the world differently than before.
Faith leaders can take a similar approach when narrating the issue of hunger in their communities to break down commonly held stories about why people are hungry and the types of solutions that are needed. Through exposing the root causes of hunger, new narratives around hunger that promote creative, systemic changes can be uplifted. New stories have the opportunity to prioritize:
– Creative solutions
– Experiences of the marginalized
– Systemic change
– The power of partnership
What is the need? Why this program? Why now?
The pandemic has exposed more and more people in the US to hunger, and it has also exposed the fragility of our industrialized food system. Churches have a unique role to play in this setting, as many churches have food pantries, community meals, and other food programs as part of their outreach ministries. Through examining the narratives around hunger in their communities, as well as the root causes of hunger, faith leaders will be able to offer new and creative solutions to the issue of hunger within their communities.
What will participants gain from this program?
This fellowship will bring together faith leaders from across North Carolina to:
– Learn about the root causes of hunger
– Uncover and challenge the dominant narrative around why people are hungry
– Dive into theological frameworks underpinning food relief ministries and justice work
– Learn how story-based strategies can transform the conversation on hunger in communities
– Gain tools to implement new and creative strategies to end hunger in their communities in partnership with others
– Connect with other faith leaders and build relationships