We share a common concern for our children, as the Gospel demands. Every child in Louisiana is a child of God and deserves our unwavering commitment to improving their life. By serving our children we are serving God most tenderly.
The Bread or Stones Campaign is a way for us, together in churches throughout Louisiana, to act on our moral obligation to improve our children's health, reduce their poverty, help them to stay in school and support their families.
We encourage you to become a Bread or Stones Campaign Covenant member and join us as we aim to improve the lives of children.
Jesus asks: Would one of you hand his child a stone when he asks for a loaf?
How will you answer?
Fr. C. Dana Krutz Robert D. GormanExecutive Director Chair, Bread or Stones Campaign
The Bread or Stones Campaign is a coalition of congregations throughout the state of Louisiana who aspire to answer God's call to improve the lives of children. While one church/congregation cannot do it alone we know that through a concerted effort to work with one another we can insure that all of God's children grow up to be the healthy, fulfilled generous and happy women and men that the Lord sees in them.
What will it costs my church/organization to participate?
It's free of charge! In an attempt to make the Bread or Stones Campaign as accessible as possible and to collaborate with congregations and organizations from a wide variety of backgrounds, membership and all of its benefits are free of charge.
Does my church judicatory/hierarchy support the Bread or Stones Campaign?
24 judicatories have signed off in support of the Bread or Stones Campaign. They include: Presbytery of South Louisiana, Presbytery of the Pines, Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New Orleans, Roman Catholic Dioceses of Alexandria, Baton Rouge, Houma-Thibodaux, Lafayette, Lake Charles and Shreveport, Religious Society of Friends, United Church of Christ- South Central Conference, United Methodist Church, AME Church 8th Episcopal District, AME Zion Church-S.W. Delta District, Baptist Missionary & Educational Convention of LA, Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), Church Women United, Christian Methodist Episcopal Church- 4th Episcopal District, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America North TX/ North LA Synod, TX/LA Gulf Coast Synod, Episcopal Church Dioceses of Louisiana and Dioceses of Western Louisiana, Louisiana Missionary Baptist State Convention and the Louisiana Home and Foreign Mission Baptist State Convention. If your denomination or faith is not represented- ask!
What do we have to do to participate?
There are no specific obligations, fees or dues for churches to participate in the Campaign. We ask congregations to maintain their current ministries and programs for children and to be open to supporting others if they feel called to do so. Additionally Bread or Stones Campaign members pray together twice a year (once in the Spring and once in the Fall) from their respective congregations. For more ideas please contact the Louisiana Interchurch Conference (LAInterchurch@aol.com , (225) 344-0134, www.lainterchurch.org, 527 North Blvd., 4th Floor. Baton Rouge, LA 70802)
Ministries might include:-Education (example: religious education)-Service (example: after school tutoring program)-Citizenship (example: participation in legislative, civic or advocacy groups-Community (example: donations to a local food bank)
Remember that to be a member you do not already have to be involved in any of the aforementioned programs.