Posts Categorized: Faith

The FaithLands Toolkit is Here!

Land is the source of life Anyone who eats, anyone who prays, anyone who lives from the earth should be thinking about land. Land has a history For every tale of settlement, there is a tale of dispossession; for every tale of wealth, there is a tale of labor. The land carries these stories. Land… Read more »

Community Organizing Energizes Largest African-American Church

CBCO assembly full of people Listening and Doing (James 1:22) By Deborah Agbor-Tabi When I joined St. James Presbyterian Church in Charleston, South Carolina, many things were new and fascinating.  St. James is the largest African American congregation in the denomination and has always been involved with the community in areas such as recreation and social events, working with the… Read more »

Land and Faith

Learn about this new multi-faith initiative your hunger program is involved with – Faithlands! PHP, Creation Justice Ministries, Agrarian Trust, Greenhorns, Plainsong Farm, F.A.R.M.S., Land for Good, The Conservation Fund and others provide leadership to this emerging national network. FaithLands exists to connect, inspire and support faith communities to use their land in new ways… Read more »

Creating an Ecosystem of Faiths for the Future of the Earth

Today we’re featuring a beautiful report-back on a national interfaith gathering that the Presbyterian Hunger Program helped plan and facilitate last month at Paicines Ranch in California. The goal of the convening was to figure out ways to make more faith-owned lands available for sustainable food production to new farmers eager to work the land. … Read more »

From Dream to Reality: #FaithLands Gathering

Over the next 5 years, one million acres of U.S. farmland will pass hands! The United States is about to experience the largest generational transfer of farmland in its history. Future food security and the health of the land depends on who gets their hands on it. Recognizing the importance of this critical moment, the… Read more »

Waiting for life renewed!

The life-giving warmth of spring is almost upon us!  But still we wait for the new impulse coming our way… 1)  In Lent, we reflect on Christ’s ministry, death, and resurrection. We slow down, take time, and examine our internal spiritual lives and the way we live out our Christian faith in the world around. This… Read more »

Liturgy for the Food Week of Action

The 2015 Liturgy for the Churches’ Food Week of Action is READY!

PDF version with music

Welcome and Introduction

2015 is being commemorated as the International Year of Soils and the World Food Day 2015 focuses on Social Protection and Agriculture.

In spite of steady gains against hunger and poverty, today, more than ten percent of the population of the world; about 795 million people, are undernourished and go to bed hungry.

Let us commit ourselves in prayer, to overcome hunger and social vulnerability in our communities and across the nations!

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Church of the Pilgrims’ Food & Faith Season starts with compost, soil and communion

Written by Ashley Goff and Rebecca Barnes
During this liturgical season that the Church of the Pilgrims calls “Homecoming,” the Sundays between September and the end of November, we are focusing on the theme of Food and Faith. Within the theme of Food and Faith, we are taking on this arc for a focus: humus, exile, and harvest. To fully experience this theme we are having communion each week in worship.

The inspirations for this theme of Food and Faith is Sacred Greens, Pilgrims’ urban garden which produces food to supplement meals for Open Table (our Sunday lunch for hungry neighbors). The book “Food and Faith” by Norman Wirzba has also been influential.

The first few weeks we are naming the element that formed our existence: soil. From a theological perspective, we are lifting up the Biblical interpretation that we are formed out of the humus, or topsoil, and it is from that place where the earth creature took it’s shape.

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The Informed Eating Game

Thanks to my roommate’s luck with winning tickets, we attended a great film series event the other night showing the documentary, Eating Alabama.  The premise around the film was to capture all the trials and tribulations that the filmmaker and his wife had while trying to eating only food found in their home state of… Read more »

Taking the Time to Make Food Sacred

raisins in hand, ear, fingers, etc
TRY this: place a forkful of food in your mouth. It doesn’t matter what the food is, but make it something you love — let’s say it’s that first nibble from three hot, fragrant, perfectly cooked ravioli.

Now comes the hard part. Put the fork down. This could be a lot more challenging than you imagine, because that first bite was very good and another immediately beckons. You’re hungry.

So begins an article called “Mindful Eating as Food for Thought,” which challenges us to not eat like the Cookie Monster.

And in case you haven’t yet done the Just Eating? curriculum, one of the sessions is all about food as a sacred gift from God. You can download it for free here. Look for Unit 1 on Food Sharing as Sacramental…

And if you’ve never tried a food meditation, here are the simple instructions for a Raisin Meditation!

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