Presented in partnership by Operation Food Search, St. Louis Area Foodbank, Gethsemane Lutheran Church, Parkway United Church of Christ and Second Presbyterian Church, Beckmann’s two lectures – “God is Moving in Our Time” on Monday, October 14 at 7 p.m. and “Changing the Politics of Hunger” on Tuesday, October 15 at 7 p.m. – address the need for individuals to offer compassionate care for those in need, while also using their voices to challenge political leaders to participate in the battle against poverty and hunger.
Both lectures are free and open to the public. Individuals, families and students of all denominations are encouraged to attend. Secure, free parking is available at Second Presbyterian Church.
As one of the country’s leading anti-hunger advocates, David Beckmann leads large-scale and successful campaigns to strengthen U.S. political commitment to overcome hunger and poverty in the country and globally. Since 1991 he has been president of Bread for the World Institute (http://www.bread.org), one of the largest organizations in the world dedicated to building the political will to end hunger. Bread for the World provides policy analysis on hunger and strategies to end it.
David also founded and serves as president of the Alliance to End Hunger (http://www.alliancetoendhunger.org), which engages diverse U.S. institutions—
Beckmann has appeared on Bill Moyer’s Journal, PBS’s Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly, CNN Español, and C-Span, and in radio interviews with NPR’s Morning Edition, and The Diane Rehm Show. He has written many books and articles, including Transforming the Politics of Hunger, Grace at the Table: Ending Hunger in God’s World and, his latest book, Exodus from Hunger: We Are Called to Change the Politics of Hunger.
Prior to joining Bread for the World Institute, Beckmann worked at the World Bank (http://www.worldbank.org) for 15 years, overseeing large development projects and driving innovations to make the bank more effective in reducing poverty.
Under his leadership, Bread for the World has garnered an impressive record of achievements. Due in part to the persistent, bipartisan advocacy of Bread members, the U.S. government has tripled funding for effective programs to help developing countries in Africa, Asia, and Latin America.
Bread for the World has also helped double funding for U.S. nutrition programs, assisting millions of families in the United States who struggle to feed their children. Recently, Bread for the World initiated a campaign to press Congress to reform U.S. foreign aid to make it more effective in reducing hunger and poverty, and another to protect and strengthen tax credits for low-income working families.
Since 2000, Beckmann has been asked to testify in Congress 18 times, appearing before such committees as the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and the Ways and Means Committee of the House of Representatives.
Beckmann earned degrees from Yale University, Christ Seminary, and the London School of Economics. Six universities have awarded him honorary doctorates. In 2010, he was named a laureate of the World Food Prize (http://www.worldfoodprize.org)
Beckmann is a Lutheran pastor as well as an economist. He has lived in Bangladesh and Ghana, overseen projects in Bolivia and Ecuador, visited more than 70 countries, and speaks Spanish.
Second Presbyterian Church is located at 4501 Westminster Place (at Taylor) in the Central West End. For more information on “Exodus from Hunger: Called to End the Politics of Hunger” and the Pfautch Lecture Series, please call 314-367-0367 or visit http://www.secondchurch.net.