At least once a month I get a call from a journalist looking for stories on food and faith.
Just last week a guy from the New York Times Magazine called looking for stories on faith-based agrarian communities. After getting over my initial jealousy that I wasn't the writer pitching that very story to the New York Times Magazine, I told him where he might look. After all, I spent three years writing a book on that very topic. It's called Soil and Sacrament. The story I told in that book was partly my own "agrarian conversion," as I called it, but most of the book was a profile of different actors in the faith-based food movement. After researching dozens of such communities, I narrowed it down to four: Catholic, Protestant, Pentecostal, and Jewish.
(Recorded February 17, 2015). View this recorded webinar at your convenience.
In this “live look-in” to the 2015 Kinsler Institute: A Festival of Radical Discipleship, Ched interviewed John (right), Carol, Sierra and Sydney Hirt, who joined us from Sydney, Australia.
Note: Today is the anniversary of Gandhi's assassination and tomorrow marks the 100th birthday of Thomas Merton. I came across this compelling article about Merton's reflection's on Gandhi which is an important and insightful read. These two men have greatly influenced countless people, including me, to follow the way of nonviolence, to live in accordance with the truth of God's commands and to be rooted in the Gospel of Jesus. They are among the holy cloud of witnesses now advocating for us! --Art Laffin
"Thomas Merton’s Reflections on Mahatma Gandhi," by Rasoul Sorkhabi (November 5, 2008), www.gandhifoundation.org.
Mahatma Gandhi was assassinated in New Delhi 1948 (now sixty years ago) and Thomas Merton, a renowned Trappist monk and author, was killed in a tragic accident in 1968 (forty years ago). These anniversaries are valuable opportunities to reflect on the legacies, works and teachings of these two great men of peace. Gandhi has influenced many minds and movements of the twentieth century. In this article, we review Merton’s impressions of Gandhi and how they are helpful for our century and generation as well.
Archived Webinar: “Sun & Moon, Raven & Dove: A Conversation with Tevyn East and Jay Beck on Art, Politics and Faith.”
(Recorded January 20, 2015). View this recorded webinar at your convenience.
Ched talked with the founders of the amazing Carnival de Resistance about their vocation as performers/dancers/musicians, the ideals and history behind the Carnival, and their respective journeys that brought them together and inspired a whole community of ‘Carnivalistas’.
“If you want to be important—wonderful. If you want to be recognized—wonderful. If you want to be great—wonderful. But recognize that he who is greatest among you shall be your servant. That’s a new definition of greatness. And this morning, the thing that I like about it: by giving that definition of greatness, it means that everybody can be great, because everybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and your verb agree to serve. You don’t have to know about Plato and Aristotle to serve. You don’t have to know Einstein’s theory of relativity to serve. You don’t have to know the second theory of thermodynamics in physics to serve. You only need a heart full of grace, a soul generated by love.”
These well-known words are from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s sermon “The Drum Major Instinct,” delivered at Ebenezer Baptist Church on February 4, 1968. Dr. King was explaining that we all start out with the ingrained instinct to be “drum majors”: everyone wants to be important, to be first, to lead the parade. Watch a group of children try to form a line and right away you’ll see this instinct in action. But Dr. King said too many people never outgrow this instinct—and by constantly struggling to be the most powerful or famous or wealthiest or best-educated, we forget one of the Gospels’ and life’s largest truths: the real path to greatness is through service. //more
It strikes me that having a national MLK holiday is a little like having Bibles in our church pews. A lot of struggle and work went into preserving and making these sacred, transforming memories and stories available. But that doesn't mean that most folk actually bother to read, engage and understand them, much less enact them anew. There's a certain comfort in having Bibles sitting around, or commemorating King--Google's front page simulating the Selma march today--that doesn't upset the status quo. more//
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