Advance Special hunger ministry petitions General Conference for partnership
The Council on Bishops and the Connectional Table of the UMC have designated ending poverty as one of the Church’s four priority areas of focus.
If the petition is adopted the Society of St. Andrew and the United Methodist Church would work together as official partners in the mission to end domestic hunger. There would be no financial or budgetary impact to the Church.
The petition was drafted and submitted by the Society of St. Andrew’s (SoSA) Board of Directors, under the chairmanship of Rev. Jim Tongue, Farmville (VA) UMC District Superintendent.
“Ending hunger in the
He adds, “Matthew 25:41-46 issues a clear-cut command if I ever heard one.”
In that passage Jesus directs His people to feed the hungry, give drink to the thirsty, welcome the stranger, clothe the naked, and visit the sick and imprisoned.
Horne reports that there are 36 million Americans who don’t get enough to eat - while there is more than enough food available to feed them. “Jesus commands us to feed the hungry and SoSA’s biblical practice of gleaning what will go to waste has proved to be an efficient and effective way to fulfill that command,” he says.
The Society of St. Andrew was founded in
Today SoSA has six regional offices and 38 other gleaning operations in 21 states, including
The Society of St. Andrew does not yet operate a gleaning ministry in
Those interested in gleaning on their own may order the Society’s Gleaning Guide for step by step instructions – or may call 800-333-4597 for more information.
The rationale for presenting the petition to General Conference states: The Society of St. Andrew puts faith into action nationwide through the proven biblical practice of gleaning with over 30,000 volunteers annually while distributing over 1.5 billion servings of nutritious food. Recognizing SoSA as the principal
To fully inform Conference delegations on this issue, SoSA has created a presentation that can be webcast directly to them. The presentation was made to the
The petition, which can also be found at www.endhunger.org/petition.htm, reads in full:
Pg 1 of 1 Designate Society of St. Andrew as Principal Agency of the Church to Alleviate Hunger in the
Discipline ¶ 1326 Financial Implications: No*
Add: New Paragraph 1326.2.a.(3) Renumber current paragraphs (3) through (6) as (4) through (7)
Add: (3) To work cooperatively with the United Methodist related Society of St. Andrew (SOSA), a national Christian hunger-relief ministry, as the principal nationwide organization within the
Amend: ¶1326.2.b) as follows:
Financial Support—Sources of funds shall include voluntary gifts, One Great Hour of Sharing offering, Advance Special Gifts, supplementary gifts of United Methodist Women and United Methodist Men, churchwide appeals made by authority of the Council of Bishops and the General Council on Finance and Administration, and designated benevolence funds. Sources of funds for administrative functions of the General Board of Global Ministries shall be other than designated funds to the United Methodist Committee on Relief and/or the Society of St. Andrew.
*Originally submitted as Yes due to a misunderstanding, however there is no financial or budget impact to the UMC
More information about the Society of St. Andrew and its hunger-relief ministry is available online at www.endhunger.org, by phone at 800-333-4597, or by emailing Mike Waldmann (at the address given in an earlier paragraph).