Trying to promote substantive change in the growing and eating of food is a challenge to anyone. Without partners, even the most gifted, eco-friendly farmer grows the finest of foods using the finest of methods only to see the food rot because there is no one to help move and consume it. Likewise, the Baltimore Food and Faith Project (BFFP) needs partners to help us fulfill our mission and to walk alongside us exploring new ideas, holding discussions, and trying new initiatives.
The participants’ passion energized the conference. Some talked about their work with mayors and city councils, while others described their frustrations finding inroads into certain groups. Participants spent time together over meals, team exercises, and free moments, and shared their success, struggles, and ambitions with one another. They generated ideas together, and some agreed to work together on future projects. Most expressed that the most valuable part of the Institute was being together to learn from one another.
On October 5-8, the Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future hosted the Chesapeake Food Policy Leadership Institute for food policy groups from the Chesapeake region. The conference took place at the Pearlstone Conference Center in Reisterstown, Maryland. The goal of the Institute was to build a network of food policy leaders who can increase their efficacy in leading food policy groups and improve their understanding of food policy actions. Read More >
“If I believed that God loves all Creation and desires that all Creation flourish free from oppression, then my faith required me to change my eating habits.” —Pastor Christopher Carter, First UMC, Compton, Calif.
Places of religion have always been places that offer something different from societal norms—morals, ethics, and hospitalities that may be distinct from whatever seems “normal.” Some religious institutions have readily embraced their distinctions. In Nazi Germany, for example, Karl Barth and Dietrich Bonhoeffer of the Confessing Church actively resisted the Nazi regime, while Rabbi Abraham Heschel joined arms with Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. to oppose Alabama law and culture by marching across the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma’s protest for civil rights. Read More >
Anyone who has met Elder Harris of Newborn Holistic Ministries of Sandtown-Winchester in Baltimore knows that he is an exceptional leader, a man dedicated to his community, and a man of faith. A testament to those qualities is Newborn Holistic Ministries, which has established a suite of projects that include Martha’s Place, Jubilee Arts, and now, the Strength to Love Farm.
The Strength to Love Farm, Elder Harris’s latest initiative, has a goal that is at least threefold: provide dignity-verifying employment opportunities to ex-offenders, beautify areas of blight within Sandtown-Winchester Read More >