As a Christian, sometime in the last decade I began to wonder:
- How can we re-imagine food systems in a way that more clearly reflects God’s reign?
- Where are the Christians working for a better food system, and how can I join them?
- Are there existing Christian food projects that I could replicate or adapt in my context?
I asked these questions for a few years without seriously trying to find answers. But while they remained unanswered, they only grew in importance.
I went into Google this afternoon, and in quote marks I typed ‘Catholic Food Movement,’ and there was one hit. I typed ‘Christian Food Movement,’ and there were two hits,” [Nigel] Savage said last week at the Jewish Theological Seminary, during the kickoff event for Hazon’s new Jewish Environmental Ethics Series. “I typed ‘Jewish Food Movement,’ and there were 81,300 hits.
Mr. Savage goes on to make the point that the Jewish community’s embrace of the good food movement is widespread and significant. But when I read these words, I started asking a more pointed question: Is there a Christian food movement? If so, where is it?
The Guide Begins
I started looking around on the Internet and talking to friends with similar interests. In November 2014, I published a week of links on faith and food and asked for feedback and additions. In March of 2015 I put those links plus more into a downloadable guide.
I was touched and grateful when some of the people I most admired in the Christian food movement thanked me and started publicizing the guide of their own initiative. Over three hundred downloads later it became clear that a new version was needed. And it was also clear that it had grown beyond what one person could do in their spare time.
Over the past six months, four different people have put in their free time to make this guide more comprehensive and better than ever. I am grateful to Abby Bok, Michael Edwardson and Erin Skidmore who all worked on this project with me. The guide is growing in more ways than one!
Support the Guide
Your tax-deductible contribution will help develop a dedicated website enabling a deeper and broader Christian food movement to develop. I’ve purchased www.christianfoodmovement.org (and .net and .com). As soon as we raise $3000 I will develop a dedicated site. I’ve found ways for organizations and people to list themselves (so you don’t have to wait for me) and to create forums for conversation and resource-sharing. I can’t fund all the time and tools for this by myself – can you help?
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