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[ENS] Mission: In Mexico, Griswolds visit Anglican charity 'Feed the Hungry' / Catalyst: Go Down Mos

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Date Mon, 12 Feb 2007 09:42:09 -0500

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Mission: In Mexico, Griswolds visit Anglican charity 'Feed the Hungry'

By Cheri Long

[ENS] Former Presiding Bishop Frank Griswold and his wife Phoebe in January visited San Miguel de Allende, a historic city in Central Mexico, where they learned about the ministry of Feed the Hungry (, an Anglican-founded charity that provides meals for more than 3,000 impoverished children every day.

They also visited St. Paul's Church (, a lively expatriate parish mixed with local Anglicans, whose rector, the Venerable Michael Long, served in the Diocese of Chicago when Griswold was bishop.

"What has been amazing to me is to see how members of the Episcopal Church in different cultures make the bridge of ministry in a culturally appropriate way to local communities," Phoebe Griswold said.

One of the kitchens of Feed the Hungry serves a kindergarten, Centro Infantil San Pablo (

"We appreciate Frank and Phoebe's efforts and suggestions," said Long. "Centro Infantil needs exposure and support; their visit to the kindergarten was especially wonderful."

Based on the Head Start program ( that promotes school readiness by enhancing the social and cognitive development of children, Centro Infantil offers basic pre-school skills. After several years, the entire neighborhood's schools display improved attendance and performance.

"Everywhere I've traveled ... I have been impressed by the ways in which congregations seek to reach out in service to the community around them," Bishop Griswold commented. "This certainly was underscored during our visit to schools and feeding programs in San Miguel. St. Paul's Church, with a great deal of energy and effort ... has been able to partner with local communities to establish kitchens and a kindergarten which not only feeds children but also trains and employs local women [offering them] medical insurance and social security benefits."

Feed the Hungry began more than 20 years ago as a soup kitchen and has since grown, opening 27 public school kitchens, with four more planned in 2007.

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Catalyst: "Go Down Moses! - Daily Devotions Inspired by Old Negro Spirituals" from Judson Press, edited by Leonidas A. Johnson, 393 pages, paperback, c. 2006, $13

[Source: Judson Press] Drawing on the inspiration generated by African American spirituals, each of these 365 devotions consists of a Negro spiritual that for decades has helped define African American religious culture.

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