Arthur Simon

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Arthur Simon
Simon Arthur in 2008.jpg
Born 1930
Eugene, Oregon
Education Dana College (Blair, Nebraska)
Concordia Seminary (St. Louis, Missouri)
Church Lutheran Church
Ordained 1961
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;
Rediscovering the Lord's Prayer ISBN 0-8066-5134-2;
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, Christian Children's Fund (Washington)
President emeritus, Bread for the World
Title Reverend

Arthur Simon (born 1930, Eugene, Oregon)[1]) is founder and president emeritus of Bread for the World, where 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'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 (with David Beckmann) is Grace at the Table: Ending Hunger in God’s World. His previous books have discussed hunger, Christian faith, poverty and public policy. He has also had articles published in many national newspapers and journals.[3]

He received a number of awards and honorary degrees, including the Presidential Hunger Award for Lifetime Achievement, and has been an advisor to the Center for Public Justice, serving them also as a trustee.[3]

Simon 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. ^ a b c Biodata: St. Ambrose University (Davenport, Iowa) website
  2. ^ a b c Profile: Southern Illinois University Carbondale website.
  3. ^ a b Further profile: Center for Public Justice website.

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