I won’t have time this morning to elaborate much on this notion of how the Christian faith intersects the issues of food and farming and the future.
While there are those who hold the notion that the church has no business lending credibility to matters that relate to the environment, I am not in that camp.
And so it seems a natural extension of stewardship that we should give close scrutiny to the issues of the quality and nutrition, fairness and justice and sustainability of our food system.
Much more to say on this, perhaps here, perhaps another day.
I’m working with a local group on matters of faith and food, and am working on a flyer for an upcoming event.
Yesterday I began thinking about this document, especially what kind of graphics I might use without infringing somebody’s copyright on their images.
And, I had this notion of the similarities between a chalice and a coffee cup, a loaf and a sandwich, a cross and a fork (especially against the plate-halo circle.)
So I dabbled a bit in Adobe Ideas and made my own, in green (of course) and red. They are crude, surely. We may or may not use this, but I had a few minutes of diversion playing with this yesterday.
If you want some taste of this matter of food and faith, get to know Norman Wirzba from Duke. He is Research Professor of Theology, Ecology, and Rural Life. Here’s an 8 minute PBS video segment where he speaks on ethical eating, of food as blessing versus food as commodity.