For Such A Time As
Pray. Fast. Act.
Yesterday, the presiding bishops of the
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and the Episcopal Church issued a joint
invitation to a season of prayer, fasting and advocacy. The Rev. Elizabeth
Eaton, presiding bishop of the ELCA and The Most Reverend Michael Curry,
presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church, extended this call out of concern for
proposed deep cuts to programs that are vital to hungry people struggling with
poverty. They summon our churches to practices of spiritual devotion that
undergird a discipline of public witness on behalf of the neighbor.
Read the Joint Call to Prayer, Fasting and
Watch the video invitations from Presiding
Bishop Eaton and Presiding
ELCA Advocacy will support this call by
sending monthly resources to support your prayer and fasting, along with background
materials to inform and equip you to act to prevent elected leaders from
cutting programs that work to eliminate hunger and poverty across the country
and around the world or adopting policies that would harm our most vulnerable brothers
and sisters. Our resources will also focus on racial justice, immigration and
environmental implications in the federal budget. On the 21st of
each month, an advocacy alert will invite you to speak your faith by sending a
message to your members of Congress.
Here is how to join us as we pray, fast
and act together in this important time:
Join the ELCA Advocacy network and invite your friends and family.
ELCA.org and look out for the upcoming “Pray. Fast. Act.” page for resources.
for the World’s Fasting
Guide in English and Guía de Ayuno in Spanish.
your faith on social media using the hashtag #ForSuchATime.
The first fast day, Sunday, May 21, is
also the Global Day
of Prayer to End Famine,
recognizing that more people face famine today than at any time in modern
history. This call from the World Council of Churches and the All Africa
Conference of Churches seeks to mobilize Christians to respond to the more than
20 million people who are at the brink of starvation, and the millions more
suffering shortages of water and food. Use this prayer
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