Through the Jubilee USA Congregations program, faith communities across the U.S. plan to engage a powerful Christian tradition—fasting—to bring home the need to release millions more from the captivity of debt. From Sept. 6 to Oct. 15, 2007, the campaign will engage tens of thousands of supporters around the country and the world in the "Cancel Debt Fast." This will culminate in a week of action in Washington, D.C., Oct. 14 to 20, when supporters can participate in a national prayer breakfast and lobby for the Jubilee Act. With the annual meetings of the IMF and World Bank scheduled for Oct. 19 to 21, campaigners can call for justice at these global institutions as well as in the halls of Congress.
Christina Cobourn Herman was anassociate director of the Oblate Justice and Peace/Integrity of Creation Office in Washington, D.C., when this article appeared.