Arthur Simon

Arthur Simon
Born 1930
Eugene, Oregon
Education Dana College (Blair, Nebraska)
Concordia Seminary (St. Louis, Missouri)
Church Lutheran Church
Ordained 1959
Writings Bread for the World ISBN 0-8091-2670-2;
The Politics of World Hunger (with Paul Simon) ISBN 0-06-127776-2;
How Much Is Enough? Hungering for God in an Affluent Culture ISBN 0-8010-6408-2;
Faces of Poverty ISBN 978-0020894001;
Harvesting Peace: The Arms Race and Human Need ISBN 1-55612-352-3
Grace at the Table: Ending Hunger in God’s World (with David Beckmann) ISBN 0-8091-3866-2
Congregations served
Pastor, Trinity Lutheran Church, Lower East Side, Manhattan (NYC)
Offices held
[Director, Washington Office], Christian Children's Fund (Washington)
President emeritus, Bread for the World
Title Reverend

Arthur Simon (born 1930 in Eugene, Oregon[1]) is founder and president emeritus of Bread for the World, a citizens' lobby on hunger, which he served for almost two decades.[2]


Simon is a graduate of Dana College in Blair, Nebraska, and Concordia Seminary in St. Louis, Missouri.[1] He is an ordained Lutheran minister. His late brother was United States Senator Paul Simon (D-IL). He pastored at Trinity Lutheran Church on New York City's Lower East Side from 1961 to 1972. Before retiring, he directed the Washington Office of the Christian Children's Fund from 1992 to 1997.[2]

His book, Bread for the World, won the national Religious Book Award, and was described by the late Nobel Prize economist, Gunnar Myrdal, as a "clear and convincing" analysis of world hunger.[2] His most recent book is The Rising of Bread for the World: An Outcry of Citizens Against Hunger. Prior to that, he authored, with David Beckmann, Grace at the Table: Ending Hunger in God’s World. His previous books include Faces of Poverty and Harvesting Peace: The Arms Race and Human Need. He has also had articles published in many national newspapers and journals.[3]

Simon received a number of awards and honorary degrees, including the Presidential Hunger Award for Lifetime Achievement.He has served on the advisory board for the Center for Public Justice.[3]

He was the 35th recipient the Pacem in Terris Peace and Freedom Award in 2004. The honor was named after a 1963 encyclical letter, Pacem in terris (Peace on Earth), by Pope John XXIII that calls upon all people of good will to secure peace among all nations.[1]


  1. 1 2 3 Biodata Archived April 8, 2008, at the Wayback Machine.: St. Ambrose University (Davenport, Iowa) website
  2. 1 2 3 Profile Archived October 7, 2008, at the Wayback Machine.: Southern Illinois University Carbondale website.
  3. 1 2 Further profile: Center for Public Justice website.

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