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February 24, 2011

Grounded Scriptures: waiting for due season

Strawberries are coming into season. At least in the warmer parts of California. As of this week, they are showing up at my farmer’s market, which is enough for me to say FAIR GAME! Of course I write this here...

February 23, 2011

Food for My Child

Turning the Tables on the Food Crisis! The US Food Sovereignty Alliance launched on World Food Day 2010. Since October, representatives from member organizations have been dialogueing with grassroots organizations, faith groups and coalitions primarily in the United States, but very much linked to the global movement for food sovereignty. The Presbyterian Hunger Program has been an active member since its beginnings as the US Food Crisis Working Group. PHP has assisted as the ad-hoc coalition, which formed in reaction to the 2008 global food crisis, formalizes and invites groups to join in an alliance to remake sustainable food economies everywhere so they serve people, both consumers and producers. Theologians from around the world were invited to reflect on the need to turn the tables on an often unjust food system and Sofia Oreland responded, despite the fact that she was due with her first child. Here is her reflection... Food for My Child By Sofia Oreland Sweden Theologian and Policy Advisor, Education and Mobilization, Church of Sweden I gave birth to a child, Baby Brother (Lillebror, the name his sister gave him).

February 10, 2011

Grounded Scriptures: created in God's image

AND A PRAYER. Great God, you have created us in your image, and imprinted upon us your attributes. You have created us to be creators, you have created us to be creative. Deep in our souls is imprinted your limitless vision of this world’s fertility and abundance; sharp on our hearts is your call to exercise good stewardship and loving care over what is entrusted to us. We feel the true goodness of the world you have created And the particular goodness of our little corner of the world. We are standing on holy ground; ought we to have removed our shoes? Great God, Into your servants breathe the inspiration of your holy spirit, Scrub away whatever is covering your image hidden inside. Allow us to pray and to think and to speak from that place of creativity, of wisdom, of love and tender care. Be in our work, and in our play. Be love in our hearts today. In the strong name of Jesus Christ we pray, Amen.

February 3, 2011

Grounded Scriptures: the Dandelion Tree

It's hard to understand about 80% of the Bible if you don't live in an agricultural society, and do at least a little bit of growing things. And sometimes even the Bible makes it hard to understand what's going on....

February 2, 2011

We live in a beautiful world: let's CELEBRATE!

A colleague Roger Doiron and Kitchen Gardeners International produced this video about the beautiful food we can choose. Roger found it ironic that "one day after the government issues its strongest recommendation to date to eat less and better foods, the snack food industry lobby launches "National Snack Food Month" to get Americans to eat more and worse." So they launched . . . for fun, and to bring attention to the billions of dollars spent on advertising unhealthy, processed foods.

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