Saturday, March 5, 2016

Soil & Sacrament: Fred Bahnson & Shamu Sadeh - Thurs at St. John the Divine

Dear friends,
I am writing to invite you by a talk by Fred Bahnson, author of Soil and Sacrament, this upcoming Thursday at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine.  Fred will be joined by Shamu Sadeh, the Jewish farmer who was featured in the Adamah chapter of Soil and Sacrament.

Thursday, March 10, 2016
7 PM – 8:30 PM, Cathedral of St. John the Divine
1047 Amsterdam Avenue at 112th Street

I first learned about Fred and his work several years ago.  I was impressed by the work of the Institute for Agriculture & Trade Policy, and happened to be searching through the list of Food & Community Fellows when I found Fred's profile and his work on understanding the faith community's role in the food movement.  Not too long after, I learned about a book he co-authored with Norman Wirzba, Making Peace with the Land: God's Call to Reconcile with Creation.

Last year, several colleagues informed me of Fred's Re:Generate Fellowship program through the Wake Forest University School of Divinity's Food, Faith & Religious Leadership Initiative which he directs.  I was accepted to the program, and spent one of the most fulfilling weeks of my life last summer in the hills of North Carolina in true fellowship, learning and sharing and envisioning a "New Heaven, New Earth" with the other fellows and program participants. 

Fred has become a dear mentor of mine, who through profound spiritual conversion has developed a true gift for articulating the inextricable link between "our yearning for real food" and "our spiritual desire to be fed" as we seek to be truly alive.  I feel a deep sense of peace and shalom in the work of bringing people closer to the adamah from which we come, and am so grateful for his leadership in this endeavor.  I still have much to learn from him.

I hope you will be able to come and listen to Fred and Shamu speak this Thursday at St. John the Divine. Please spread the word to others who may be interested as well!

Peace -- and Shalom,

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