Fifty is a significant number. Particularly for those of us who’s Holy Scriptures include the book of Leviticus, fifty is a time to re- evaluate, celebrate, and free people, land, and even animals from systems that have bound them.
While biblical scholars aren’t clear if the jubilee was ever observed, it is a message that calls God’s people to justice and liberation. We are reminded to rely on God’s grace and the earth’s bounty—rather than extracting from and consuming the land.
For 50 years,
Presbyterians have worked to alleviate hunger and to address its underlying causes. Having declared hunger a major mission priority of the church in 1969, Presbyterians continue to be engaged in fighting hunger. We take seriously the original charge that recognizes “the enormity of the task to which we are committing ourselves,” and we “have no easy illusion of easy success in this undertaking. But we dare to act because we dare to hope.” (Common Affirmation on Global Hunger)
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