As some readers know, I moved back to my beloved Boston just four months ago. Tomorrow, May 5, is the annual Walk for Hunger. It will be the first large outdoor public gathering since the Boston Marathon. It usually draws about 40,000 people.
Walk was started by a group of people connected with my old church over
four decades ago. It funds hundreds of emergency food programs
(750,000-plus people in this Commonwealth do not have enough to eat) and
its parent agency, Project Bread, also does advocacy and prevention work addressing
the long-term causes of hunger.
time I lived here, I did the Walk every year and then, when my feet
gave out and I couldn't walk the 20 miles on concrete any more,
volunteered as a Marshal. (Note: I also had Project Bread as a client
for several of the years I was doing development consulting here,
working for agencies addressing the causes and consequences of urban
So here's the deal: I'm not walking this year, but if you
register for my "Hurry Up and Slow Down: Spiritual Practice in Daily
Life" online retreat which begins on Monday May 6 (see here for full information) any time
between this very minute and the end of Sunday (tomorrow May 5) in
whatever time zone you are in, I will give $20 out of each registration
fee to the Walk instead of keeping the whole fee.* Because I often
scramble to pay the rent each month, but there are people far worse off
than I, and we are all part of one another.
*I'd be happy to send you proof of the donation if you wish.
Here is an interesting interview with Project Bread Executive Director Ellen Parker.
Cross-posted on my personal blog, Acts of Hope.