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Friday, September 30, 2011

postheadericon What is farming from Alice Waters

Farming is not manufacturing: It is a continuing relationship with nature that has to be complete on both sides to work. People claim to know that plants are living things, but the system of food production, distribution, and consumption we have known in this country for the last sixty years has attempted to deny they are. If our food has lacked flavor--if, in aesthetic terms, it has been dead--that may be because it was treated as dead even while it was being grown. And perhaps we have tolerated such food--and the way its production has affected our society and environment--because our senses, our hearts, and our minds have been in some sense deadened, too. ~ Alice Waters

postheadericon Farming, Food, and Faith Bibliography

Farming, Food, and Faith Bibliography

Wendell Berry, The Unsettling of America: Culture and Agriculture, Sierra Club Books; 3rd edition, 1996, ISBN: 0871568772

Wendell Berry, The Art of the Commonplace: The Agrarian Essays of Wendell Berry,

Shoemaker & Hoard; First Shoe edition, 2003, ISBN: 1593760078

Douglas H. Boucher (ed.), The Paradox of Plenty: Hunger in a Bountiful World,
Food First, 1999, ISBN: 0935028714

Kennon L. Callahan, Small, Strong Congregations: Creating Strengths and Health for Your Congregation, Jossey-Bass, 2000, ISBN: 0787949809

Cathy C. Campbell, Stations of the Banquet: Faith Foundations for Food Justice, Liturgical Press, 2003, ISBN:0-8146-2938-5

Sara Covin Juengst, Breaking Bread: The Spiritual Significance of Food,

Westminster John Knox Press, 1992, ISBN: 0664253830

Kathleen Ray Darby, Theology That Matters: Ecology, Economy And God, Fortress Press, 2006, ISBN: 0800637941

Michael Eldridge, Theology and agricultural ethics in the state university: A reply to Richard Baer, (Unknown Binding)

Lawrence W. Farris, Dynamics of Small Town Ministry, Alban Institute, 2000, ISBN: 1566992281

Gary Fick, Food, Farming, and Faith (S U N Y Series on Religion and the Environment)

(State University of New York Press, 2008), ISBN-10: 0791473848, ISBN-13: 978-0791473849

*Mark E. Graham, Sustainable Agriculture: A Christian Ethic of Gratitude, Pilgrim Press, 2005, ISBN: 0829816062

William H. Jones, Looking for God's People in Rural Places, Brunswick Publishing Corporation, 2005, ISBN: 1556182066

*L. Shannon Jung (ed.), Rural Ministry: The Shape of the Renewal to Come, Abingdon Press, 1998, ISBN: 0687016061

L. Shannon Jung, Rural Congregational Studies: A Guide for Good Shepherds,
Abingdon Press, 1997, ISBN: 0687031397

L. Shannon Jung, Food for Life: The Spirituality and Ethics of Eating, Augsburg Fortress Publishers, 2004, ISBN: 0800636422

L. Shannon Jung, Sharing Food: Christian Practices for Enjoyment, Fortress Press, 2006, ISBN: 0800637925

Andrew Kimbrell, ed., The Fatal Harvest Reader, Foundations for Deep Ecology, 2002, ISBN: 155963944X

Andrew Kimbrell, Fatal Harvest: The Tragedy of Industrial Agriculture, Foundation for Deep Ecology, 2002, ISBN: 1559639407

Ben Mepham, Food Ethics (Professional Ethics), Routledge, 1996, ISBN: 0415124522

Marion Nestle, Food Politics: How the Food Industry Influences Nutrition and Health,

University of California Press, 2003, ISBN: 0520240677

Anthony G. Pappas, Inside the Small Church, Alban Institute, 2001, ISBN: 1566992516

Anthony G. Pappas, Entering the World of the Small Church, Alban Institute, 2000, ISBN: 1566992362

Daniel Sack, Whitebread Protestants: Food and Religion in American Culture, Palgrave Macmillan, 2001, ISBN: 0312294425

Eric Schlosser, Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the All-American Meal, Harper Perennial, 2002, ISBN: 0060938455

Michael Schut, Food & Faith: Justice, Joy, and Daily Bread, Living the Good News, 2002, ISBN: 1889108901

Paul Thompson, The Spirit of the Soil: Agriculture and Environmental Ethics, (Environmental Philosophies), Routledge, 1994, ISBN: 0415086221

Holly Whitcomb, Feasting with God: Adventures in Table Spirituality, Pilgrim Press, 1996, ISBN: 0829811532

Norman, Wirzba, ed., The Essential Agrarian Reader: The Future of Culture, Community, and the Land, Shoemaker & Hoard, 2004, ISBN: 1593760434

Norman Wirzba, The Paradise of God: Renewing Religion in an Ecological Age. Oxford University Press, 240 pp.


Christian Coff, Consumers Food Ethics: Tracing the Production Story,”

Jualynne E. Dodson and Cheryl Townsend Gilkes, “There’s Nothing Like Church Food”: Food and the U.S. Afro-Christian Tradition,” Journal of the American Academy of Religion, 1995; LXIII: 519-538

Food and Hunger Library,

Food and Hunger issue and the set of six Study Guides

Todd D. Still, “Table Fellowship for God’s People,” 11-17

Jack Marcum, “Who’s Hungry, Who Cares?”, 26-32

Lori Brand Bateman, “We are How We Eat,” 89-93

Steven Hall, “Toward a Theology of Sustainable Agriculture,” Perspectives on Science and Christian Faith, June 2002, Vol 54:2, 1-5

Wade Clark Roof, “Blood in the Barbecue? Food and Faith in the American South,” in God in the Details: American Religion in Popular Culture, Eric Michael Mazur and Kate McCarthy, eds., Routledge, 2000, ISBN: 0415925649

Paul B. Thompson, “A Revitalized Production Ethic for Agriculture,” Center for Respect of Life and Environment, Earth Ethics Fall 1999, at website

Zwart, H., “A Short History of Food Ethics,” Journal of Agricultural and Environmental Ethics, Volume 12, Number 2, 2000, pp. 113-126, at web address:

The Alabama Sustainable Agriculture Network (ASAN),

Thursday, September 29, 2011

postheadericon Welcome to Preachin and Plowin

Welcome to Preachin' and Plowin'. This blog emerges from a class at Memphis Theological Seminary called, "Farming, Food, and Faith." I hope this will become a place for the exchange of visions of rural life in relation to food and faith, of practices of farming, eating, and living well in relation to such visions, and for sharing stories and questions about rural life and rural ministry. We can also explore together how Christian faith relates to the land, to living on the land, to farming, to producing and sharing good food, and the care of God's creation. I'm hopeful that together we can create a space where we share lives of faith in relation to rural life. City folks (like myself) will also, I hope, find a place of connection with people and churches and other organizations in rural areas.