"Poverty, God, Politics" Webcast Series

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David Beckmann

Co-Chair and Coordinator, Circle of Protection

Visiting Professor, Union Theological Seminary

President Emeritus, Bread for the World and Alliance to End Hunger

Laureate, World Food Prize


As president of Bread for the World 1991-2020, David led people and churches across the country in successful advocacy with Congress. He was awarded the World Food Prize for his contribution to the world’s progress against hunger. David sees progress against poverty in recent decades as an experience of our loving God and cause for hope.


David is now working in new ways to help move us from the current crisis toward the end of hunger and poverty. He continues to assist Bread for the World and the Alliance to End Hunger, and is now coordinator of the Circle of Protection, an advocacy coalition of church bodies and organizations that include nearly 100 million people. President Biden’s massive legislative proposals this year present a historic opportunity to reduce poverty, and the Circle is working to support and shape them.

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