Faith and Justice Symposium: Global Poverty & Hunger: Unveiling the Connections, Seeking Solutions

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Houghton College


September 26, 2013 - September 30, 2013


A four-day symposium entitled “Global Poverty and Hunger: Unveiling the Connections, Seeking Solutions” will begin Wednesday, September 25, at Houghton College and host top experts, including renowned activist, Eugene Cho.  All events are free and open to the public.

Cho, along with 10 other expert panelists from around the world, will address hunger and poverty issues on local and global levels. 

This is the third annual Faith and Justice Symposium and is brought in partnership by both Houghton College and the Center for Faith, Justice and Global Engagement.

“These are issues that impact individuals, families and communities at all levels — local, national and global,” said Dr. Ndunge Kiiti, Houghton College professor of intercultural studies and driving force behind the symposia.

“We can end hunger in our time… we have the knowledge, technology and resources.”

This year’s symposium will feature 11 speakers from across the country, all working to find answers to the questions of poverty and hunger.

Eugene Cho is a renowned anti-poverty activist and the co-founder and visionary of One Day's Wages, "a grassroots movement of people, stories, and actions to alleviate extreme global poverty;” founder and lead pastor of Quest Church; and founder and executive director of the Q Café, an innovative non-profit community café and music venue.

Cho was recently honored as one of 50 Everyday American Heroes for his entrepreneurial work. More of Cho's story can be found on his blog at

The symposium provides the opportunity for the public to engage with speakers, authors, and educators in a series of forums and activities. These will focus on prominent issues, such as food security, immigration reform, vulnerable populations, arts and advocacy that connect with and impact programs and policies related to poverty and hunger.

Other notable speakers are:

-- Jackie Ogega is the program officer for child protection at Catholic Relief Services and the co-founder and director of Mpanzi, a nonprofit dedicated to advancing peace and development in remote villages in Africa.

-- Larry Hollar is a senior regional organizer with Bread for the World.

--Dr. Calenthia S. Dowdy is an associate professor of cultural anthropology and youth ministry at Eastern University.

-- Chiho Suzuki is an international development professional with over 15 years of program and research experience in health and social development. 

-- Krisanne Vaillancourt Murphy leads Bread for the World’s national level engagement with evangelical churches and institutions. She also chairs the advisory council for Micah Challenge USA, a global Christian campaign to end extreme poverty.

-- Gonzalo Martínez de Vedia is the human trafficking project specialist at the Worker Justice Center.

--Todd Post is a senior editor with Bread for the World Institute. He writes about hunger and poverty in the developing world and United States and travels widely.

-- Dr. Norbert Wilson is an associate professor of agricultural economics at Auburn University. 

-- Derek Schwabe is the Hunger Report fellow at Bread for the World Institute, where he writes for and assists with the production of the Hunger Report and coordinates readership outreach.

-- Tracy Howe Wispelwey is a songwriter and composer along with holding a Masters of Divinity from Harvard.

Individuals and organizations are invited and challenged to think critically and dialogue around key questions, issues, opportunities and challenges of poverty and hunger, not only across the globe, but even here in Allegany County.

To read more about these speakers, find the full symposium schedule and register, visit


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