Youth Ministries

Food, Faith, Garden Projects and Snow

November 6, 2014
Youth Ministries

Here in Minnesota we are caught in an April snowstorm that is predicted to drop 6+ inches of snow. A good day for reading.

I received a timely email post yesterday from Cindy Coe’s blog titled Food & Faith book resources. In her blog post she references several books that I think may be good reads for snowy days like today (or any day):

  • Michael Schut , editor, Food & Faith: Justice, Joy, and Daily Bread (Church Publishing, 2010)
  • Michael Pollan, The Omnivore’s Dilemma (Penguin, 2007)
  • Barbara Kingsolver, Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life (HarperCollins, 2008)
  • Elizabeth T. Groppe, Eating & Drinking (Fortress Press, 2011)
  • Fred Bahnson & Norman Wirzba, Making Peace with the Land: God’s Call to Reconcile with Creation (Intervarsity Press, 2012)
  • L. Shannon Jung, Sharing Food: Christian Practices for Enjoyment (Fortress Press, 2006)

According to Cindy’s review, any of these books would be great for adults or high school students, especially if your community is using Episcopal Relief & Development’s Abundant Life Garden Project.

If you aren’t familiar with the Abundant Life Garden Project, it is an interactive, Scripture-based children’s curriculum offered to parishes, teachers, families and others who seek to share the ministry and work of Episcopal Relief & Development with elementary school-aged students. The program explores five thematic modules on Water, Seeds, Soil, Animals and Harvest. 

Although originally written for children, I’m betting Abundant Life Garden Project would be fairly easy to adapt for youth and even adult or intergenerational purposes.

You’ll find this and other Episcopal Relief & Development curriculum here:

For those of you who are also having a snowy day, my hope is that you are somewhere warm and cozy and that you have the chance to curl up with a good book and enjoy this last blast of winter.

If you find yourself in a warmer locale, maybe it is a good time for a bit of reading in the sunshine and sending warm thoughts to your friends and colleagues in colder climates.

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Canon Myra Garnes

Officer for Youth Ministries

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