There is now an impressive and ever-growing body of work addressing faith-based environmentalism and the theology of ecology. By comparison, very little has been written about the theology of food and eating. It is an area ripe for further work and, of course, is a particular interest of mine.
So I was excited to discover recently a resource that will be helpful to advocates, activists, scholars, pastors and anyone else interested in exploring what’s happening in the food and faith world.
Episcopal priest Nurya Love Parish has led the way in creating a “Faith/Farm/Food network” aimed at “cultivating resilient communities through gardening and agriculture,” and at working to “create a more just and sustainable food system which reflects the abundance and grace of God.” She has produced and just released a “Guide to the Christian Food Movement,” which collects and identifies organizations and individuals working the intersection of Christianity and food. It is an excellent resource and is available as a free download HERE.
It seems to me that our society is becoming increasingly aware of and sensitive to the moral and ethical implications of our food choices. But, strangely, faith communities seem to have been by and large absent from that conversation.
I’m encouraged by the evidence showing that is changing.