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MCC U.S. Washington Office seminar will highlight the global food crisis

Cathryn Clinton
February 11, 2009

AKRON, Pa. – The Washington Office of Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) U.S. will hold a spring seminar in Wichita, Kan., at the Lorraine Avenue Mennonite Church from March 28 to 30. The subject is "Hunger for Justice: The Global Food Crisis."

A striking rise in world food prices over the last three years has produced economic, political and social instability around the globe. This seminar will examine the short- and long-term causes of this food crisis and how Christians can respond.

The seminar will begin with a definition of the crisis and move into a biblical and theological look at the crisis given by the Rev. Patricia Shelly, professor of Bible and religion at Bethel College, North Newton, Kan. Sen. Sam Brownback (R-Kan.), has been invited to share a congressional perspective, but his participation has not been confirmed. There will be a panel discussion on "Bio-fuels and the Global Food Crisis," which is open to the community.

Workshop topics range from globalization and the food crisis to making local and sustainable eating choices. There also will be a visit to a congressional office.

The seminar is open to all. Registration is $55 per person prior to Feb. 27, and $65 thereafter. A two-day registration fee of $45 for March 28 and 29 only is available. A limited number of student scholarships are available. Call 202-544-6564 or e-mail for more information.

Registration is available at Registration fees can be sent to MCC U.S. Washington Office, 920 Pennsylvania Ave. SE, Washington, DC 20003.

The MCC U.S. Washington Office is a Mennonite and Brethren in Christ presence on Capitol Hill providing and encouraging prophetic witness to the way of Christ on matters of U.S. public policy.