The following is a press release from the Office of Public Affairs of The Episcopal Church.
As December 21 nears, Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop Michael Curry has presented a video noting that we remain in a time for prayer, fasting and advocacy this Advent and Christmas in support of policies that provide opportunities for and respect to the dignity of people struggling with poverty through For Such a Time as This: A Call to Prayer, Fasting, and Advocacy.
First launched in May, Presiding Bishop Curry joined Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) in For Such a Time as This: A Call to Prayer, Fasting, and Advocacy, which calls for fasting on the 21st of each month through December 2018, at which time the 115th Congress will conclude.
The 21st of each month is targeted because by that time each month, 90% of SNAP (formerly food stamp) benefits have been used, thereby causing the last week of the month as the hungry week in America.
In December 2017, the focus of For Such a Time as This will be the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals, which aim to end poverty and hunger, reduce inequality, ensure quality education, create opportunities for work, care for creation, and promote a peaceful and just global community. More info on the Sustainable Development Goals here.