Fasting is a religious practice that transcends many religious traditions. Evidence for this is found in the fact that in all three Abrahamic faiths (Islam, Christianity, and Judaism) utilize the practice in major religious holidays. Fasting is a key element during Lent for many Christians, Muslims observe Ramadan with a month of fasting, and the most holy day of the Jewish year includes the practice. In honor of International Education Week, on Monday Nov. 12th the Center for Faith and Justice is sponsoring a Dining Hall Fast to honor those around the world and in our own communities who experience hunger. You might ask yourself–how does fasting help others? Well, if you choose to give up a meal you can take the money you would have spent on food to donate to organizations who are working on the ground to make sure that food insecurity becomes something for the history books in the 21st Century. To donate and learn more visit the following websites:

Bread for the World: www.bread.org

UN World Food Program: https://wefeedback.org/donation

Oxfam: https://secure.oxfamamerica.org/site/SPageServer?pagename=main_donate_go&s_src=oi

Last year over 80 XU students from many faith traditions and none fasted together to stand in solidarity with those experiencing hunger and food insecurity. Let’s pay it forward this and repeat this year!

If your up early meet local Bread for the World rep and XU alum Jon Gromek in the Center for Faith & Justice (GSC 310) Monday November 12th 9am – 10am. Also Join us for a Breaking of the Fast during Community Night in the GSC Clock Tower Lounge at 5pm!

“This is a defining moment in our country, when forces of money and power seek to protect themselves by cutting programs geared for our most vulnerable people. We come together in faith that the Spirit of God will breathe over this chaos and lead us to the responsible way to strengthen our communities.”

– Sister Simone Campbell, SSS, Executive Director, NETWORK, A Catholic Social Justice Lobby

“While fasting during the month of Ramadan is one of the pillars of our faith, Islam, we are encouraged to fast on other days during the year to reinforce our solidarity with those who starve because they cannot afford to eat. This sense of solidarity and commiseration with the poor and hungry is the essence of being faithful, and it should prompt us to take action to mitigate the suffering of others.”

– Dr. Sayyid M. Syeed, National Director, Office for Interfaith and Community Alliances, Islamic Society of North America
Dominique Brown is the Service and Justice Coordinator at the CFJ.  She brightens up the office with her most fabulous sense of style and is constantly being forgiven for having graduated from that other university in Cincinnati.  Ask her how many countries she has traveled to…