The Portsmouth diocese was well represented at our official Hungry for Change launch last Saturday at Westminster Cathedral Hall! Supporters from Bournemouth, Havant and Southampton joined the 250 campaigners from all over the country who gathered for the special event.
The day opened with a liturgy followed by speeches from Bishop John Arnold (Chair of CAFOD Trustees), Fr Joe Komakoma (from CAFOD’s partner Caritas Zambia), theologian David McLoughlin and Head of Campaigns Clare Lyons.
Fr Joe shared stories of his native Zambia and explained that many small-scale farmers are struggling to survive, with climate change making the situation worse, while David encouraged us to read the Lord’s Prayer in the context of a society where people were indebted, went hungry and lived under foreign occupation.
We then broke into groups and each group took part in 6 workshops, 3 in the morning and 3 in the afternoon, looking at various aspects of the issues involved and how we can make a difference.
One of the highlights of the day was definitely the media stunt at lunchtime, when we are all gathered outside on the Cathedral Piazza for an unseasonal picnic! People brought along their picnic blankets and baskets and we were joined by 2 “special guests” – Mr Bread and Miss Fish! And the “shared feast” back inside was fantastic with lots of different dishes to try – that people had kindly cooked and brought along!
The day definitely provided a lot of “food for thought” – here’s what our supporters had to say!
We look forward to be campaigning with you all over the course of the year! Please keep us posted on how you are going to take the Hungry for Change campaign forward in your local groups and parishes! We look forward to hearing from you!
And if you haven’t taken our online action yet – now it’s the right time! 🙂