Food, Faith, and Growing God’s Kingdom
We all eat, hopefully, several times a day. Many of us also pray for wisdom, discernment, and courage in growing God’s Kingdom. These are related actions, but what does eating, salvation, creation, and our own callings have to do with each other? In the words of Wendell Berry, “These are religious questions, obviously, for our bodies are part of the Creation, …. But the questions are also agricultural, for no matter how urban our life, our bodies live by farming…”
This course will explore how growing God’s Kingdom on earth can be done every time we eat. We will look at what scripture has to say about our mission to the rest of creation, what it means to extend grace to creation and our role in making all things new. Participants will learn not only about our call to care for creation but also why it is that is news to so many.
The course will also look at effective communication around creation stewardship, utilizing current research from the Alberta Narratives Project, a study the facilitator helped conduct and write up. The course will use the book “Making Peace with the Land” by Norman Wirzba plus many others, short videos from Regent College’s program Reframe, a healthy amount of discussion, and even time in creation itself by participating in Sorrento’s own farm. Course participants will be able to explain how care of the environment fits within the Church and lead their own congregations and small groups to study and action.
Jerremie Clyde is a farmer and academic from Calgary Alberta. His research interests are linked to food, whether in history or media studies, and increasingly theology. When not at the University of Calgary he can be found looking after 162 acres of creation just north of Sundre. The farm is set in a knob and kettle mix of forests and pastures. They raise grains, a dozen different varieties of potatoes, and good grass to feed their herd of yak. Jerremie also volunteers in the Diocese of Calgary organizing and facilitating creation care related talks, conferences, and events. He can be found most Sundays at Holy Trinity Anglican Church.
Course fee: $335