Last week, folks from across Virginia gathered at Our Saviour, Charlottesville, to explore the intersection of faith and food at a conference sponsored by the diocesan Committee on the Stewardship of Creation. A few attendees from Holy Comforter, Richmond, shared their reflections on their interim rector’s blog. Here are just a few of the thoughts they shared.
From Craig Anderson
Saturday’s SOCC conference was delightfully meditative for me. The day was overcast, with a constant drizzle outside. It was one of those days that felt very much like the start of fall, marking the change of both weather and season in a way that makes one very conscious of mother earth. Inside, the meeting hall was warm and intimate, with prayer flags surrounding the perimeter of the hall. That felt right. It also felt like a gathering of the tribe … a tribe comprised of both familiar and unfamiliar faces, yet all with a common interest in the maters of the day.
From Martha Burford
Today, I made kale bean soup. Many of the ingredients came from our yard, our neighbor’s yard, and a local CSA, Community Supported Agriculture, to which my husband and I subscribe. Through the whole process of making the soup, I felt alternating waves of gratitude and remorse. Gratitude for the bounty, the smells, the beautiful food grown near here, the water. The water-without which none of the food would exist. Then would come a wave of sadness: who today is without beautiful soup? Who is without water? What waters and food are compromised, polluted, withering? These waves turned into prayers. As we prayed at the Conference, “give ALL today their/our daily bread.” So, tonight, I pray for all. But, to take that even further, what are my trespasses that affect who gets daily bread and who doesn’t? My mind scrambles between the power of prayer and the urgency I feel that we all have to “do something.”
From David Lehman
This conference had a wide variety of topics. All of which gave me new information such as regarding the preservation efforts in the Chesapeake Bay watershed; gave me questions to think about like, “Is the production of GMOs a continuation of the historical creation of plant hybrids?” (I think not) and reinforced to me that there are many ways to care for the creation that we are part of.
From Richard Rose
David Finnigan, the anthropologist who designed “Climate Change is Elementary” presented his powerful method for immediately involving families in doing what they can to create a cleaner greener future without becoming distracted by arguments or procrastination. It was a description of an act of repentance, that is: turn around and don’t look back.
Want to learn more about the conference? Check out this video!