Let’s Not Deny Racism: Eugene Cho on Faith and Social Justice

Interview by Billy Shore

Wednesday, July 15, 2020

Why haven’t we been able to create the groundswell to end hunger? Bread for the World President and CEO Reverend Eugene Cho joins Billy Shore to discuss the connections between racism, poverty and hunger and how faith can inform social justice work. “Let’s not deny racism and… our complicity in some of these policies and structures,” advises Cho. “People are sensing that there is a significant moment right now. We don’t want to look back years from now and say to ourselves, we didn’t show up, we didn’t raise our voices,” he counsels.

Cho is hopeful that we can end hunger together. “We should never diminish our ability to make change. [However], we should never overestimate what we can do. This work can never be done by one person or one organization. We’ve got to keep incubating the partnerships and coalitions,” he explains. “The church, we certainly don’t monopolize compassion and justice. But I think for those that come from a faith perspective, it answers the why we do what we do,” he says about his own convictions.

Listen to this powerful conversation that explores the connection between faith-based values and the fight for social justice.

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Eugene Cho

Eugene Cho

President/CEO, Bread for the World
Eugene Cho is the President/CEO of Bread for the World and Bread Institute, a prominent non-partisan Christian advocacy organization urging both national and global decision makers to help end hunger – both in the United States and around the world. He is also the founder and visionary of One Day’s Wages (ODW) – a grassroots movement of people, stories, and actions to alleviate extreme global poverty. Cho is the founder and former Senior Pastor of Quest Church – an urban, multi-cultural and multi-generational church in Seattle, Washington. For his entrepreneurial work, Eugene was honored as one of 50 Everyday American Heroes and a recipient of the Frederick Douglass 200 – included in a list of 200 people around the world who best embody the spirit and work of Frederick Douglass. Eugene is the author of two acclaimed books, Thou Shalt Not Be a Jerk: A Christian’s Guide to Engaging Politics (2020) and Overrated: Are We More in Love with the Idea of Changing the World Than Actually Changing the World? (2014).    

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