2013 Speakers


The 2013 National Gathering boasted a wide array of speakers with a range of national and international experience in the area of food justice. Below is a summary listing of the speaking events and speakers. For more information about our speakers, select a venue from the list at the right.

Opening Celebration: The Bible & Food Justice for a Healthy World
(Keynote Video Available)

Welcome and Opening Remarks

Dr. Kathryn Mary Lohre, President, National Council of Churches USA




Fr. Aniedi Okure, OP, Executive Director, Africa Faith & Justice Network




Keynote Preacher

Rev. Dr. Barbara Lundblad , Joe R. Engle Professor of Preaching, Union Theological Seminary, New York, NY




 Saturday Policy Plenary: Missing at the Table
(Keynote Video Available)

Keynote Speakers

Brother Dave Andrews, CSC, JD, Senior Representative for Food and Water Watch



The Rev. Michael Livingston, National Policy Director for Interfaith Worker Justice






Saturday Lunch Policy Plenary: Land and Food Justice: Managing Our Natural Resources to End Hunger and Achieve Justice Around the World
(Panel Video Available)

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Keynote Panelists

Sandra Carolina Ascencio, Pastoral Agent, Justice Office of Peace and Integrity of the Creation Order of Young Friars, El Salvador

Laura Hurtado, Coordinator of Campaigns and Advocacy, Oxfam Guatemala

Augustine Niber, Executive Director, Center for Public Interest Law, Ghana

Moderator: Gawain Kripke, Director of Policy and Research, Oxfam America

Click to view panelists’ biographies.



Sunday Interdenominational Worship
(Keynote Video Available)

Keynote Preacher

The Rev. M. Linda Jaramillo, Executive Minister of the United Church of Christ Justice and Witness Ministries

Click to view Rev. Jaramillo’s biography.




Sunday Plenary: A Faithful Table
(Panel Video Available)

Keynote Speakers

Dr. Nancy Cardoso Pereira, Member of the Pastoral Land Commission and Professor of Ancient History, Porto Alegre Institute of the Methodist Church, Brazil

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Dominic Barrett, Shalom Farms

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Gerardo Reyes Chavez, Coalition of Immokalee Worksers, Florida

Barbie Izquierdo, Witnesses to Hunger, Philadelphia




Advocacy Plenary: Taking the Christian Message to the Hill
(Plenary Video Available)

A skit-based and audience-interactive event helped prepare participants for Monday’s Lobby Day.



Sunday Banquet Plenary
(Keynote Video Available)

Keynote Speaker

congressman_jim_mcgovernCongressman Jim McGovern, Representing the Massachusetts Second Congressional District



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