Our church community- that means the churches in our county- take part each year in Crop Walk. Crop Walk, an international aid effort sponsored by Church World Service helps support long term development in over 80 countries and raises $4,000,000 annually for domestic hunger relief. This year much of that relief will go directly to hurricane victims on the Gulf Coast. There is no better thing to do on an early fall Sunday afternoon. Around here the sponsoring church rotates each year and that church houses the opening prayer service with choral music and the end of walk potluck. Hundreds of walkers sign up sponsors and head off walking miles for this incredibly good cause.
* 5,487,307 CROPWALKERS over the past 20 years
* 1,807 CROP WALKS and other community events in Fall 2004-Spring 2005
* 35,527 CROP WALKS in the past two decades
* Food banks, pantries, and other local hunger-fighting initiatives received checks from CROP WALKS in Fall 2003-Spring 2004 totaling nearly $4 million
* Upwards of 200 corporations match employee gifts and/or volunteer hours to the CROP WALK
* $264,859,614 raised by CROPWALKERS over the past 20 years
OKAY- HERE’S THE RANT.
This year the Catholic Church decided to ban it’s members from taking part in the crop walk because- are you ready for this? A tiny fraction of Church World Service proceeds go towards distributing condoms in Africa to prevents HIV and AIDs. Church World Service, in response, turned the other cheek and offered to
send designated proceeds directly to Catholic Relief Services to manage their charity as they see fit. Good enough? No. Catholics have been asked to not take part in Crop Walk.
Dear Lord, someone is seriously testing my ability to get with organized religion.
Help me out here, please.
And you? Read the links and let me know what you think. Better yet, let someone
with some influence know what you think.