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  • Cross-bound Reading for Good Friday

    Published April 18, 2014

    Today is Good Friday, and I hope that as Jesus' Cross-bound journey moves toward an end (and this Lenten devotion does also), you will be drawn into a life of service beside him.  I wrote this devotion, which follows Jesus' walk in the Gospel of Luke from Palm Sunday through Good Friday and onto Easter, for the magazine Presbyterians Today. 

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  • Easter Greetings from the Holy Land

    Published April 17, 2014

    A number of our partners in the Holy Land send Easter greetings.

    From Bishop Dr. Munib Younan of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land:

    I beg you to pray for Arab and Middle East Christians in this region that they may be filled with the power of hope in the Resurrection. I ask you to not forget us nor cease accompanying us in our journey, for our mission is yours and yours is ours. Our mission continues to be one of a prophetic Church, implanting the power of Resurrection Peace in the hearts of all peoples ...

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  • Celebrating Seeds with New Report: Heirlooms yes! Seed monopolies no!

    Published April 17, 2014

    New Seed Survey Report Highlights Privatization Concerns

    The U.S. Food Sovereignty Alliance today released A Preliminary Report on Seeds and Seeds Practices across the US in celebration of La Via Campesina's International Day of Farmers' Struggles in Defense of Peasants' and Farmers' Seeds – April 17.

    The report is based on surveys of seed savers and seed advocates from around the United States. It documents who saves seeds, as well as why, where and which ones. Responses reveal that many growers save and share seeds to produce healthy food, preserve their cultural heritage, and to defy efforts by transnational agribusinesses to privately patent and monopolize control of seeds.

    The report is especially pertinent during 2014, the International Year of Family Farming, as designated by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.

    Based on the surveys and the Call to Action of the US Food Sovereignty Alliance, the report provides individual, community, national and international action recommendations aimed at defending seeds from privatization and preserving them for the common good.

    As a member of the U.S. Food Sovereignty Alliance, the Presbyterian Hunger Program, a ministry of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), joins in presenting this report in solidarity with La Via Campesina in its global efforts to defend food and seed sovereignty. The report is available to read at usfoodsovereigntyalliance.org and on our website at pcusa.org/food.

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    For more information:

    Andrew Kang Bartlett, Presbyterian Hunger Program, PC(USA) – 502.569.5388

    Devika Ghai, Pesticide Action Network North America – 415.728.0169

    Lisa Griffith, National Family Farm Coalition – 773.319.583

    Charity Hicks, East Michigan Environmental Action Council – 313.725.0554

    Sara Mersha, Grassroots International – 617.524.1400

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