The Bread Not Stones initiative to end child poverty in Canada is the UCW national project for 2015 and beyond. The project began in 2010 with Alberta and Northwest Conference UCW's Child Well-Being Initiative.
When the National UCW invited all UCWs across Canada to take up the call to end child poverty, the people of Wesley Knox and First St. Andrews in London, Ontario, were so inspired that the London Conference Bread Not Stones campaign was born under the leadership of Laurel Kenney and Linda Woods.
Laurel and Linda have since given talks and conducted many workshops at churches and events in southwestern Ontario. They have also aligned with numerous anti-poverty groups as they work continuously to raise awareness of and eliminate child poverty in their region.
As Laurel and Linda share, “We are following in the footsteps of the women out west as we approach all levels of government to actively advocate on behalf of our most vulnerable children. We can't think of a more urgent issue.”
Bread Not Stones is also a Mission & Service–supported resource designed to encourage and enable communities of faith to pray, learn, and act to eradicate child poverty in their local region and across Canada. You can download a copy at www.united-church.ca.
We are thankful to UCWs across Canada who offer leadership for the call to end child poverty as well as support many programs in our communities and around the world through gifts for Mission & Service.
Please join me in making Mission & Service giving a regular part of your life of faith.