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Adult Education:

*          Host a forum about food issues and the importance of mindful eating

*          Take part in a bible study that focuses on issues of food and sustainability

Good places to start:

Scripture, Culture and Agriculture: An Agrarian Reading of

the Bible, Ellen F. Davis, 2009.

Food and Faith: Justice, Joy, and Daily Bread, edited by Michael


Food for Life: The Spirituality and Ethics of Eating, L. Shannon Jung

*        Put together a small-group book study. A few recommendations are:

Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver

Bringing it to the Table: On Farming and Food by Wendell Berry

Harvest of Hope: A Guide to Mindful Eating by Jane Goodall

Omnivore’s Dilemma

In Defense of Food

The Botany of Desire, and Food Rules by Michael Pollan

* Invite a local farmer or gardener to speak about their relationship with food                                and land, and the difference we can make as consumers

*          Show and discuss documentaries related to food, global warming,                                             ecological sustainability, etc. A few recommendations are:

King Corn: directed by Aaron Woolf, written by Ian Cheney and                                                         Curtis Ellis (2007)

Fast Food Nation: directed by Richard Linklater, written by Eric                                                          Schlosser (2006)

The Real Dirt on Farmer John: Directed by Taggart Siegel (2005)

The Botany of Desire: based on book by Michael Pollan; produced                                                     and directed by Michael Schwarz (2009)

Gardens of Destiny: directed by Jocelyn Demers (2008)

Tableland: Pixel One Productions

Ingredients: The Local Food Movement Takes Root: Optic Nerve                                                     Productions (2009)

*          Host a “how to compost” forum that presents many different ways people                                  may compost at home. Resources include:

Worms Eat My Garbage: How to Set Up and Maintain a Worm                                                       Composting System by Mary Appelhof

HYPERLINK "http://www.composting101.com" www.composting101.com www.howtocompost.org

*          Put together a series of sessions on “Sustainable Eating” and invite                           members of the congregation to contribute their ideas and wisdom. Topics/ activities may include sewing, canning, meal-planning and preparation, nutrition classes, gardening

*          Offer cooking and nutrition classes.

*          Host a hunger meal to increase awareness of hunger and poverty

HYPERLINK "http://www.elca.org/Our-Faith-In-Action/                                                        Responding-to-the-World/ELCA-World-Hunger/Resources/For-                                             Congregations/Activities/Hunger-Meals.aspx" http://www.elca.org/Our-Faith-In-Action/Responding-to-the-World/ELCA-World-Hunger/Resources/For-Congregations/Activities/Hunger-Meals.aspx

HYPERLINK "http://www.lutheranpeace.net/                                                                      HungerAwarenessMeal9d.pdf" www.lutheranpeace.net/HungerAwarenessMeal9d.pdf

Youth/Child Education:

*          Serve local, seasonal produce; Look closely at all the parts of the plant and                               fruit; Talk about the wonder and gift of creation

*          Trace kids’ favorite foods back to their origins (include field, country and/or                  climate of origin, transportation, factory, etc.)

*          Play in the dirt or plant flowers or herbs in small pots—it’s important for                                    kids to know that their food comes from the ground and not from trucks and                 supermarket stands!

*          For older kids, use the plant activity/devotional (found on page 8) to help                                   them relate the growth of plants to their own growth in faith

*          Invite kids to write and share their own prayers of thanksgiving before a                                     meal

*          Create a creation mural and hang it in a visible place in the church

*          If the church has a community garden, invite the children to participate in the                  planting, weeding, and picking.  Consider how edibles might be added

to the Church's landscaping.

*          Invite a Sunday School class to make communion bread and/or serve                            communion at worship


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