SESSION 1 TOOLKIT

 

Session 1:

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FOCUS: GIVE US STRENGTH

  • To see what's really going on in our community
  • To expand our understanding of how to address hunger now
  • To start the journey toward ending hunger in Philadelphia

Wondering what YOU can DO about hunger in our region?

  • Start by learning first-hand what it's like for someone who has to face food insecurity on a daily basis:
  • Discover who in your community might be struggling with food insecurity. Share your story if that person is you.
  • As a community, make and share a soup meal (see recipes). Set aside what you've saved in making this meal to donate to a hunger fighting organization of your choice. Count your blessings AND your savings!
  • Start your journey by walking with intention around your neighborhood. Even one block will do. While you walk, think of these words:

Prayer for Strength: Great Spirit Prayer

A Native American Prayer translated by Lakota Sioux Chief Yellow Lark in 1887

Oh, Great Spirit, whose voice I hear in the wind,
Whose breath gives life to all the world.
Hear me; I need your strength and wisdom.
Let me walk in beauty, and make my eyes ever behold the red and purple sunset.
Make my hands respect the things you have made and my ears sharp to hear your voice.
Make me wise so that I may understand the things you have taught my people.
Help me to remain calm and strong in the face of all that comes towards me.
Let me learn the lessons you have hidden in every leaf and rock.
Help me seek pure thoughts and act with the intention of helping others.
Help me find compassion without empathy overwhelming me.
I seek strength, not to be greater than my brother, but to fight my greatest enemy – Myself.
Make me always ready to come to you with clean hands and straight eyes.
So when life fades, as the fading sunset, my spirit may come to you without shame.

Personal Reflection

Contributed by K.C., our first donor to the reflections we are hoping to gather from you. K.C. is a middle-aged Roman Catholic mother and grandmother. (February 1, 2010)

I cannot look too long at suffering, Lord, and for this I am sorry. I'm sorry, because I have heard your voice within me saying, "Do not look away. Do not avert your eyes. Look."

I remember the story told in Numbers 21:4-9 of the Israelites, angry and complaining to Moses during their long weary escape out of Egypt. They rebelled against God; they had had enough. They forgot to trust in Yahweh. In response, Yahweh allowed them to be attacked by fiery serpents. Many of them died. In terror, they repented, begging Moses to intercede for them. Relenting, Yahweh instructed Moses to make a bronze serpent, lift it high, and to command those bitten by the serpents to look up at the bronze serpent in order to live. (They were not to glance, but to look at the very thing that caused them fear). Those who looked, lived.

In the New Testament (John 3:13-15), John tells us me "... the Son of Man must be lifted up, as Moses lifted the serpent in the desert." In other words, look to the Cross, look at the Cross, the sign of the Suffering Servant from which comes my salvation. I am called to NOT turn away, but to LOOK, and allow my heart to be opened, so that the Kingdom may come; so that God's Will may be done, in me.
Lord, when I see the sorrow of hunger before me, I ask for the grace to not turn away. Whenever I see my brother or sister suffering, I ask for the grace to see, to not look away. As little as I may have, show me how to share it with You.

Prayer Before Soup Supper

Loving Lord, bless our fellowship and the food we share. Clear our sight so that we might recognize you, present in those who are hungry. Lord, help us to fight hunger by modifying, changing and even simplifying our lifestyle. Let us learn to walk the way of Justice and of Love, and let us learn and do this now. - Amen.

Suggested Recipe

Papago Tepary Bean Soup (pdf)


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