Circle of Protection

Truly I tell you, just as you did it to the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me. - Matthew 25:40

  • Praying with senators before vote on healthcare legislation. Photo: Tessa Cannon / Bread for the World

Featured Initiative

Christian leaders to presidential candidates: Tell us what you will do to end poverty and hunger

We have a simple request: “Make a short video telling the American people what you would do as president to offer help and opportunity to poor and hungry people in the US and around the world.”

And to scores of top leaders from a broad spectrum of Christian traditions, it is a critically important one. In our letters to all the 2020 presidential candidates, we say, “we care deeply about many issues facing our country, but ending hunger and poverty is a top priority of our work together.”

The letter’s signers represent Christian churches, organizations and schools from Catholic, evangelical, Orthodox, Pentecostal, and mainline protestant traditions. We share a belief that God expects national leaders to give priority to the needs of poor and hungry people.

As we say in our letter, “We want to know how each candidate proposes to fulfill the mandate to those who govern to ‘give deliverance to the needy’ (Psalm 72).” Read more about this initiative

Selected Letters and Statements

Letter to Congress about a budget agreement for discretionary spending

We believe budgets are moral documents; they reveal our values and show our priorities. Budgets show who and what we view as important.

Later this year, Congress and the President will need to come together to reach a new budget agreement on topline funding levels for discretionary programs. Without such a deal, discretionary funding levels will return to austere levels required by the 2011 Budget Control Act, putting non-defense discretionary programs at risk of deep cuts. Read the full letter

Unity statement on racism

The integral relationship between poverty and racism unifies us against both. They are both issues to which the gospel of Jesus Christ speaks — which also calls us to love our neighbors, without exceptions.

Our unity on these issues is because they are theological issues for us, not merely political or partisan ones. These fundamentally biblical concerns challenge all of us and both of the major political parties. Read the full unity statement