Food and Faith


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.

Norman Wirzba Extended Interview | Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly | PBS

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Fred First holds masters degrees in Vertebrate Zoology and physical therapy, and has been a biology teacher and physical therapist by profession. He moved to southwest Virginia in 1975 and to Floyd County in 1997. He maintains a daily photo-blog, broadcasts essays on the Roanoke NPR station, and contributes regular columns for the Floyd Press and Roanoke's Star Sentinel. His two non-fiction books, Slow Road Home and his recent What We Hold in Our Hands, celebrate the riches that we possess in our families and communities, our natural bounty, social capital and Appalachian cultures old and new. He has served on the Jacksonville Center Board of Directors and is newly active in the Sustain Floyd organization. He lives in northeastern Floyd County on the headwaters of the Roanoke River.

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  1. I really like your graphics! The overall design is excellent, especially the ideas. Maybe get the loaf and the sandwich next to each other, and maybe find a Challah (Jewish) bread for the loaf, but all in all, it’s good!!