Food, Farming, and Faith: A LAMP Symposium on Growing Community - Panel 2

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Allen, Sumayya
Ayres, Jennifer R.
Crane, Jonathan K.
Parajuli, Pramod
Smith, Jenny Leigh
Winders, William P.
Wright, Jacob L.
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Sumayya Allen - TITLE: "Connecting Food and Stewardship in Islam". This presentation will focus on the Islamic concept of stewardship (khalifa) and how it pertains to caring for our environment and all of creation. Connecting to our place is where we begin to understand how this principle translates to our own lives. One way in which we can better connect to our place is by learning where our food comes from, how to grow our own, and the blessings that come from cultivating the land and feeding others. Community agriculture projects are perfect sites for not only bringing people together (of all faiths, cultures, and generations), but also serve to remind us of our human tie and dependency on the earth. Such projects can be catalysts for helping us to recognize and reestablish our roles as earth stewards.
Jennifer R. Ayres - TITLE: "Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Food and Farming". How might the eucharistic table, around which Christians regularly gather, serve as a paradigmatic embodiment of divine abundance, divine presence in the material gifts of the earth, and divine delight in the nourishment and enlivening of earthly bodies? And what does this table practice signify and demand in the midst of hunger, dramatic changes in agriculture, and environmental degradation? This presentation establishes a Christian theological framework for examining and responding to our food system, and examines the moral commitments undergirding this work.
Pramod Parajuli - TITLE: "Earthbounding Faith? A Story of Soil to Supper/Sustenance Pedagogy". What is the use in thanking God for food that has come at an unbearable expense to the world and other people?” asks, Wendell Berry. “What use is it to save our soul, if we forfeit the earth?” asks Bruno Latour. Indeed, where is the faith in what I call the Soil to Supper/Sustenance Pedagogies? What about the existing faiths and even inter‐faith collaboratives? While sharing the stories around learning gardens, I will propose potential ideas such as pluri‐species earthbounding, or regenerative reciprocity. What if we imagine a food, farming and faith trio in which soils are rich and are dancing with more life while pollinators are pollinating and have enough to go around and multiply. What if a sacred thread binds, and nature and culture are coupled and co‐constitutive in this drama? With care and elegant design, could such a food and garden‐based learning system achieve abundance, beauty, as well as sacredness?
Bill Winders - TITLE: "Feed Grains, Food Grains, and World Hunger". This presentation discusses how the market economy and political‐economic divisions between grains can, at times, contribute to world hunger and undermine food security. Two particular examples demonstrate this relationship: grain exports in South Asia, and expanding global meat consumption. First, in South Asia, several countries export grains even while having “alarming” levels of food insecurity. Why would this be the case? Second, the expansion of feed grains and meat production have the potential divert grain production or distribution away from food to more expensive livestock production, but increased meat production also has the potential to use important resources (e.g., water and land).
Jacob l. Wright - TITLE: "Food in Judaism". This response will examine some of the leading attitudes toward food production and consumption in the Hebrew Bible and early Jewish rabbinic sources. It will show that both topics are central features in biblical and early Jewish writings, and that these writings reflect ways of thinking about food that both resonate with and challenge our contemporary practices.
H. Bruce McEver
The Foundation for Religious Literacy
The Arthur Vining Davis Foundations
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