Food and Faith: Connecting Agriculture, Our Daily Bread, and Spirituality
An ecumenical opportunity for Amery-area churches (Note: the $60 covers the costs of all 9 gatherings) Join with members of area churches to explore and celebrate the sacredness of food, consider how what we eat impacts people and places near and far, and ask, “What’s faith got to do with it?” The group will be part book group (drawing on Mike’s book Food and Faith) and part experiential learning. We will draw on participants’ experiences and stories, have time to engage with area farmers, and learn from Farm Table Foundation instructors. Many of us in the Amery area are still involved in agriculture—or we don’t have to go too far back in our family histories to find connections to the farm and to the land. Of course, we actually are all still “involved in agriculture” because we all eat and, as Wendell Berry writes, eating itself is “an agricultural act.” The most central of Christian sacraments involves eating (and drinking). But it’s not only that meal that can be sacramental: everyday meals can, if we pay attention, remind us that life itself is a gift, that we are wholly dependent on the fact that seeds, water, air, soil, and light miraculously turn into what shows up on our plates every day. Cost: $60 (for the entire series of 9 gatherings)—scholarships available (price includes a copy of the book Food and Faith) When: 7-8:30 pm; Second Tuesdays (Oct 9, Nov 13, Dec 11, Jan 8, Feb 12, Mar 12, Apr 9, May 14, and June 11) Where: Participating churches and Farm Table in Amery Facilitator: Mike Schut, Senior Program & Events Director at Farm Table Foundation Mike Schut has nearly twenty years of experience serving faith-based communities. He edited and partially authored three books, including Food and Faith: Justice, Joy, and Daily Breadwhich will be used for this class. His others are the award-winning Simpler Living, Compassionate Life and Money and Faith: The Search for Enough. Mike served for 11 years at Earth Ministry, for four years for the national Episcopal Church as Economic and Environmental Affairs Officer, and for a number of years at Seattle University, a Jesuit institution. He received his M.S. in Environmental Studies from the University of Oregon and his B.S. in Biology from Wheaton College in Illinois.
110 Keller Avenue North
Amery, WI 54001
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