Magazine article Anglican Journal

'Until All Are Fed'

Magazine article Anglican Journal

'Until All Are Fed'

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STALKS OF CORN are tied to the ends of every pew. Apples, parsnips, carrots and tomatoes are nestled in beds of colourful leaves on every church windowsill. Fall flowers are tucked among wooden hampers overflowing with cauliflower, cabbage, potatoes and turnips at the chancel steps. Homemade bread and bunches of grapes deck the altar. It's Thanksgiving and we have gathered "to raise the song of harvest home" (Hymn 262, Common Praise).

As the offertory hymn is sung, wheelbarrows laden with canned goods, pasta and cereal are rolled up the aisle, all destined for the local food bank. The offering plates brim with gifts for the Primate's World Relief and Development Fund, widely known for its commitment to both food aid in emergency situations and food security for the long term. It's Thanksgiving and we are praying for deliverance from ways of giving thanks for plenty that leave the poor unfed (Psalm 135, Book of Alternative Services).

One billion people in the world are hungry. Over four million people in Canada live in poverty. Thousands of people in First Nations and Inuit communities live without access to clean water and affordable, healthy food. …

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