In the first of a series of blogs introducing speakers, organisers and participants behind the Hungry for change conference, we get the lowdown from theologian and conference speaker David McLoughlin on food, faith and standing up for justice.
What’s your job? I do theology with whoever will listen and talk with me. My base is Newman University College Birmingham.
What inspired you to start campaigning? The example of working class Young Christian Worker activists and the teaching of Mahatma Gandhi.
What’s your favourite food? Good bread.
What do you know now that you wish you’d known at 18? The constant need to speak truth to power.
What’s the main message you’ll be bringing to the conference? The sharing of food with those who most need it is central to Christian discipleship and without it Eucharist becomes idolatry.
What do you hope to learn while you are there? Creative ways to be faithful to Jesus’ practice.
How far will you be travelling to get to the conference? 120 miles.
Who is your hero? Jesus of Nazareth, the first century Jew.
How does your faith influence your campaigning? Inspires, amazes and sustains me, and provides me with a community of support and reconciliation that helps me to discern what is important in life.
Tell us something about you that not many people know. I seriously considered joining the contemplative community of Cistercian Monks at Mt. St. Bernard’s, Coalville, when I was 19. Instead I tried, and continue to try, to develop a Christian activism with a contemplative core.