Soil and Sacrament: A Spiritual Memoir of Food and Faith
The gift of honey and the promise of God
In a backyard garden at D.C.’s Church of the Pilgrims, God’s promise, the Holy One’s movement of liberation, is alive and buzzing in the form of 40,000 fat, furry honeybees, says the church’s associate pastor.
The co-author of a new book on reconciliation with the land reflects on a Brazilian community that models “abundant kingdom homesteading.”
In this excerpt from “Food and Faith: A Theology of Eating,” a Duke Divinity professor argues that our work as Christians is to develop into godly gardeners, who witness to the life-creating presence of God in the world.
The gardening way of God's keeping
God often is presented as father, judge, potter, redeemer or companion. How would believers’ thinking and speaking be transformed if God was described as a gardener?
If the Earth is to continue to feed us, we must find better ways to “till it and keep it,” writes Fred Bahnson.
Hope blooms again
After a move to Southern California, to a village where every plant flourishes, Cathleen Falsani thinks -- no, believes -- this will be the year she will at last be a successful gardener.