Thursday, October 9, 2008

Let's Talk Bread- Chicago Discussion Group

A new Chicago-area group aims to satisfy your appetite for greater understanding of hunger and poverty issues will hold its initial meeting on Oct. 23 in Oak Park. Called Let’s Talk Bread, the book club-like discussion group grows from the premise that while many thoughtful, compassionate citizens feel obliged to try to alleviate hunger and poverty, they don’t necessarily grasp the many complex facets of the problems, let alone any solutions.

Guided by Christian convictions, Let’s Talk Bread hopes regular conversations—whether centered on a topical book, article or current hunger-related event—can help illuminate the problems and shed light on just which possible solutions hold promise and which do not. Ideally, concerned people who have taken pains to inform themselves then can act to ease hunger and poverty at a local, national and even international level. Let’s Talk Bread is being started by two Bread for the World members but is not a formal BFW offshoot; some BFW materials as well as other sources of information will be used. The first meeting will be a time to become acquainted, look together at Luke 10:25-37 and make future plans. The formula or format for these regular conversations—and even their location--will not be rigid, but will evolve in line with the wishes of participants.

The Let’s Talk Bread conversation will begin at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 23 at United Lutheran Church in Oak Park, 409 Greenfield Street (Greenfield and North Ridgeland, two blocks south of the Ridgeland-North Avenue intersection). For more information contact John Stumme ( or 773-777-3907) or Rich Liefer (

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