Friday, November 7, 2008

Let's Talk Bread- Chicago Dec 2


Let’s Talk Bread

Extreme poverty. Microfinance. Foreign aid. Charity vs. self-help. Public vs. private.

These are just some of the subjects likely to be pursued at the next meeting of the Let’s Talk Bread discussion group on Dec. 2 in Oak Park. “The Bottom Billion,” a book by Paul Collier (under $10 on or free at your library) and a series of articles in the Christian Science Monitor by Mark Lange ( will be the catalyst for this session’s conversation.

Join the conversation at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 2 at United Lutheran Church in Oak Park, 409 Greenfield Street (Greenfield and North Ridgeland, two blocks south of the Ridgeland-North Avenue intersection).

Let’s Talk Bread is a Chicago-area group that, guided by Christian convictions, hopes regular conversations—whether centered on a topical book, article or current event—can help illuminate the problems of poverty and hunger and shed light on just which possible solutions hold promise and which do not.

For more information contact John Stumme ( or 773-777-3907) or Rich Liefer (


Scott Althoff said...

How did this go? Are there any notes from the meeting?

CCYL said...

Here's a little excerpt of an email from the organizer who says more information and a more detailed description of the next meeting will come out later...
For you who were not there, there were 10 of us and we have a lively discussion of Collier's The Bottom Billion for an hour and a half.

Our next meeting will be Thursday, Jan. 22, 2009, at 7:30 at United Lutheran Church in Oak Park. Our topic will be U.S. foreign aid. Reading for that meeting includes a paper from Oxfam, "Foreign Aid 101" ( and a new report from Bread for the World, which is on its Web site (