Exciting News! (as of January 1, 2017)
The guide is now a website!
Read below for how it began… and then head to the site to see the newest version.
In these opening years of the twenty-first century, the need for sustainable food systems has increasingly become a focus of our national conversation.
As a Christian, sometime in the last decade Nurya Love Parish 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?
She 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 Nurya Parish read these words, she started asking a more pointed question: Is there a Christian food movement? If so, where is it?
The Guide Begins
Nurya started looking around on the Internet and talking to friends with similar interests. In November 2014, she published a week of links on faith and food on her Churchwork blog and asked for feedback and additions. In March of 2015 she put those links plus more into a downloadable guide.
Nurya was touched and grateful when some of the people she most admired in the Christian food movement thanked her 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. Abby Bok, Michael Edwardson and Erin Skidmore all worked on this project. The guide is growing in more ways than one! And now, Plainsong Farm stewards the guide as part of our ministry.
Support the Guide
Your tax-deductible contribution will help develop a dedicated website enabling a deeper and broader Christian food movement to develop. We’ve purchasedwww.christianfoodmovement.org (and .net and .com). As soon as we raise $3000 we will develop a dedicated site. We’ve found ways for organizations and people to list themselves (so you don’t have to wait for us) and to create forums for conversation and resource-sharing. We can’t fund all the time and tools for this by ourselves – can you help?
Get the Latest Guide
Welcome to the January 2016 version of the Christian food movement guide. It now has almost 200 resources and links and is 27 pages. And it’s still a totally free download. Enter your email address in the form below to receive it and future updated versions.
Get the guide!
More than 200 links and resources at the intersection of Christian faith and sustainable agriculture.