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Community Forums are held in the Parish Hall on Sunday mornings from 9:15 to 10:15 a.m.  Child care is available in Room 4 during the forum.

Topics range from spirituality to church history to the application of Christian principles in our daily lives. Many of our speakers come from beyond the St. Jude's community and are experts in their fields.  

Harvesting Abundance: Local Initiatives of Food and Faith

August 20, 2017
Brian Sellers-Petersen
Senior Advisor to the President of Episcopal Relief & Development

Brian Sellers-Petersen,  Senior Advisor to the President of Episcopal Relief & Development,  gardener extraordinaire and new grandfather

This book tells the tale in story and image of 25 congregations,schools, and organizations who are reaching out into their neighborhoods to share God’s story of abundance, by establishing community gardens,beehive colonies, and other agricultural initiatives.

They creatively use their land and property; providing training,inspiration, and cross-cultural experiences for all ages; while at the same time feeding the hungry and building community relationships. Too often food banks only take non-perishables loaded with preservatives and sodium. Church entities involved in agricultural ministries are able to provide healthy food from their gardens to feeding programs, food pantries, and others in need.

An inspiration for others to develop such projects, food and faith can go hand-in-hand as we get our hands dirty while learning more about what Genesis 2 describes as God “planted” a garden. Gardening can be seen on the rooftop of a church in the city, beehives in the midst of a seminary, or a local community garden alongside the church’s parking lot.

Discover where this movement is alive and growing, and find ideas for starting your own “food and faith” initiative in your own backyard, roof, or front porch.

Whoever you are, wherever you are on your journey of faith, you are welcome here.