Food and Faith is a blog of the Presbyterian Hunger Program.
As a young American in my mid-twenties, I am accustomed to a rather mobile lifestyle. I have moved in and out of six different cities in the past six years. I have family scattered in multiple states, and the majority of my friends live somewhere other than their hometown. This mobility is part of the culture in which many of us are immersed. There is nothing intrinsically good or bad about our mobility or our tendencies to wander. At the individual level, it is conducive to self-discovery, fosters curiosity and open-mindedness, and nurtures the adventurous spirit. The impact of the “mobile mindset” on the community level can be viewed from many angles. What interests me at the moment is how our sense of place and commitment to our immediate community affects what we eat and how our food is grown.
My body is my God given temple ….
From my chipped toe nails to my uncombed head, back down to my ashy un-lotioned knees,
My body is starving,
yearning for something to cure its thirst,
Screaming for attention that must penetrate passed skin, beyond outer appearance,
My body could care less what clothes I’m wearing,
Or if my nails are perfectly polished
Or if a pearl necklace graces my neck,
My body is not so vain as the society it just so happens to dwell in,
She cries for adequate fuel,
She wants her insides to be colored by the ...
Last week I had the opportunity to attend the Presbyterian Youth Triennium (PYT) where I spoke to bright eyed youth about the work of the Presbyterian Hunger Program. I discussed with interested youth and church leaders the concept of food sovereignty, which is a major premise of PHP. After a little bit of stumbling, I finally got a definition easy to regurgitate: Food sovereignty, “The ability for people to be able to educate and empower themselves to take control of their food system in a culturally appropriate and sustainable way.” This definition may be easy to roll of the tongue ...
Tomorrow is Independence day. The day we American’s celebrate the signing of a document that asserted that all men were created equal and with the unalienable rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. On the Forth we normally assert those rights and pursue our happiness with flag waving, gracious displays of fireworks, and grilled food. I’m not knocking it, I enjoy a good cook out. But I do find it interesting that many think of this day as display of patriotism.
No, I’m not about to give a review of the popular teen novel recently turned movie although the themes presented in the novel have a scary reality. I’m talking about the real life hunger game being played by those in power under the good deed facade that plays at heart strings but in reality disempowers many. You know the game, the one where the powers that be portray themselves as the do-gooders helping those in “need” but in reality are capitalizing on the misfortunes of others. Unfortunately, this happens all too often but most specifically I’m talking ...