Day40: Continuing the Journey

Continuing the Journeyby Rev. MargaretAnne OverstreetAfter 40 days of stories and reflections about gardening, hospitality, cooking classes, industrial agriculture, subsistence farmers, hunger, and food choices ... we have only just scratched the surface of that hard-to-define topic of 'food justice.'The stories from the 40 Days for Food Justice project have touched us, challenged us, taught us, and opened our eyes to the ways in which food affects us and connects us. These stories … [Read more...]

Day 39: A Reflection on Eating Sacramentally


"When he was at the table with them, he took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to them. Then their eyes were opened, and they recognized him; and he vanished from their sight."  Luke 24:30-31"Cooking demands attention, patience, and above all, a respect for the gifts of the earth. It is a form of worship, a way of giving thanks." - Judith B. Jones"Sharing food with another human being is an intimate act that should not be indulged in lightly." - M. F. K. Fisher"If you … [Read more...]

Day 38: Setting the Table

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Setting the Tableby Jennifer Baker-TrinityIt’s quiet. The task is so mundane. Unfold the paper napkin. In the center, lay down the knife, then the fork, and then the spoon to make a wobbly tower and roll. Fold in the sides, roll away from you and fold some more. Take a strip of recycled paper (an old menu, perhaps), make a ring around the center and tape. Voila! The silverware is ready. It’s time to set the table.I am setting tables these days at a small restaurant in central Pen … [Read more...]

Day 37: Sacramental Meals


Sacramental Mealsby Rev. MargaretAnne OverstreetIt was a beautiful, sunny afternoon when a group of church members gathered in one member’s yard and began to collect grapes from the rows and rows of vines.One for the bucket. One for me. One for the bucket . . .Firm, ripe, and sweet, the grapes were hard to resist. After all, eating straight from the vine is one of the pleasures and perks of growing your own food. These grapes, though, were not intended for the dinner table, or e … [Read more...]

Day 36: A Reflection on Living on Less


"How does God’s love abide in anyone who has the world’s goods and sees a brother or sister in need and yet refuses help? Little children, let us love, not in word or speech, but in truth and action." 1 John 3:17-18"When people were hungry, Jesus didn't say, 'Now is that political, or social?' He said, 'I feed you.' Because the good news to a hungry person is bread." - Desmond Tutu"Hunger is not an issue of charity. It is an issue of justice." - Jacques Diouf, Food and Agricultural Orga … [Read more...]

Day 35: The Food Stamp Challenge


The Food Stamp Challengeby Rev. Jim MontgomerySuppose your household income is at or below the poverty line and your family must now get by on food stamps.  Most of us have never experienced that, have we?Ivan Herman, a Presbyterian pastor in Sacramento, and his family did just that as their Lenten discipline last year. The June 10, 2013 issue of the Presbyterian Outlook reported that Herman, his wife Susan and their two children decided they wanted to learn firsthand what it was … [Read more...]

Day 34: SNAP Challenge


SNAP Challengeby Rev. Meghan DavisLast fall I participated in the SNAP Challenge.  SNAP is the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program or food stamps.  The idea is to spend a week spending only the amount of money of an average “food stamp” benefit for a person in your state.  This includes everything we consume: every meal, snack, beverage and seasoning. According to the most recent statistics I was able to find, the average per person, per week benefit in the state of Washington was $ … [Read more...]