A Year of Christian Eating

Craig and Nancy Goodwin’s family is launching into another year of experimenting with food and faith

Craig Goodwin, author of my favorite book on Christian living, has launched a new project.  After his family’s year-long experiment with Year of Plenty, they’ve now launched into a new experiment called, Tables of Plenty:

Starting on November 28, 2011 with the Orthodox Nativity fast, our family is dedicating a year to explore the role of food in Christian spiritual formation, one month at a time. Our monthly excursions will include following kosher food laws and eating in the tradition of the early church. We’ll plant community gardens with the Benedictines, go vegetarian with Seventh Day Adventists, and vegan with the Orthodox. We’ll even explore the spiritual depths of potlucks and jello-salad with our own tribe, the White Bread Protestants. We’ll be reading, reflecting, blogging, and eating our way through the year at this Tables of Plenty blog.

Their schedule is:

December – Eastern Orthodox Nativity Fast

January – Getting Kosher with Jewish Food Laws

February – Eating With the Early Church

March – Fasting with the Desert Fathers, Ascetics, and Monastics

April – Celebrating the Eucharist and the Lord’s Supper (Roman Catholic Tradition)

May – Seeking Social Justice with the Mennonites

June – Planting Community Gardens with the Benedictines

July – Eating Vegetables with the Seventh Day Adventists

August – Harvesting with the Hutterites (and Amish)

September – Soul Food with the African-American Church

October – Potlucking with White-Bread Protestants

He’s got an interesting blog post at that site, wondering whether what we eat will be the next spiritual discipline for Western Christians:

Could food practices be the next big thing in the spiritual disciplines and practices of American Christians, especially evangelical Christians? In a fragmented culture where people have a growing awareness of a disconnect between belief and action, could food lead the way to more authentic and integrated experiences of faith? Given the common ground between evangelicals and their secular foodie counterparts, could food practices be a productive place of dialogue and faith sharing for American Christians who are often lacking generative places of engagement with non-Christians?

These are all questions that motivate me as our family launches the Tables of Plenty project. For a culture that is hungry for “food rules” I suspect the church has a rich history of practices to draw from and share. I also believe that evangelical Christians, who are especially prone to being trapped in the modern divide between spirit and material realities, have something to learn from secular and religious food practitioners about the journey of integrating faith and action in the world. I’m excited to dive into these issues in the coming year.

via Eating as a Spiritual Practice: Is Food the Next Big Spiritual Discipline for American Christians? – Tables of Plenty.

  • David Blackwell

    September is going to be an awesome month in the Goodwin home :)

    September – Soul Food with the African-American Church

  • http://zaakistan.com Zaak

    As someone who seeks to live spiritually in all areas (and who hasn’t come close to making the connection in almost every area of my life), diet has been one of those areas where I think I had a great start. I grew up both Seventh-Day Adventist and in a hippy home, not vegetarian, but with strong inclinations towards moderation, whole grains, small quantities of meat, complex carbs, lots of fresh vegetables, dried fruit, etc.

    The body is temple of the Holy Spirit. The physical world does matter to God (Advent and Incarnation show this in remarkable ways!). And so our health must be of spiritual concern – much more than just praying for people when they get sick.

    As I’ve moved emergently through various expressions of Christianity, food has been one of the more shocking aspects of Christian living that I’ve encountered. I have been surprised at the disconnect.

    Sounds like a great experiment. I hope it does ignite some interest.


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