Back-to-school time is a busy time for all of us, I’m sure, and added to the adjustment of new schedules, we have miserable heat and humidity!! So, let me begin with a small apology: In my role as residence director in a women’s dorm at Hillsdale College, I live in as older, un-air-conditioned building and it’s pretty toasty in here today. My brain is fried and my motivation has melted away but I still want to bring you some thoughts to ponder. Rather than begin a new topic, I’d like to highlight a subject we all love: FOOD!
Back in August, I shared Resolution A091: Affirm Work for Food Ministries and Food Security which asks, among other things, that congregations and diocese deepen their awareness of food insecurity and health issues as well as “increase our involvement in advocacy for the development and maintenance of sustainable; equitable; culturally appropriate; and accessible food systems.” Recently I’ve noticed that the Episcopal News Service has been running a series about church-based food supply and community agriculture centered in Seattle. I’d like to share some of their inspiring videos which just may prompt new ideas for the congregations in our Household.
From Duwamish Waterway and Mission to Seafarers Seattle –
You can read their story here –
From St Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral in Seattle and beekeeper Brian Sellers-Petersen – Abuzz about Bees.
Find the article here – http://episcopaldigitalnetwork.com/ens/2016/08/29/video-abuzz-about-bees/
From St Andrew’s Episcopal Church and parishioner/volunteer gardener JB Hoover – A Growing Vision in Seattle’s Green Lake Neighborhood.
Find more details here – http://episcopaldigitalnetwork.com/ens/2016/08/11/a-growing-vision-in-seattle/
From Redmond, Wash., the Rev. Jim Eichner from Episcopal Church of the Holy Cross comes the story of Food Bank Farm and their Seattle recipient Food Lifeline -“I was hungry and you gave me food”
You can read their story here – http://episcopaldigitalnetwork.com/ens/2016/09/06/i-was-hungry-and-you-gave-me-food/
What struck me about all of these is that the founders were able to use their passions and think outside the box to create something that reaches the people in their communities in creative ways to meet their food needs as they share the Gospel of God’s love for everyone. Where are your passions? Might God be calling you and your congregation to create a new work or join with an existing ministry in your area?
Let us pray –
Lord, we know you care for each person as your valuable creation. May your people rise up to meet the needs of the hungry men, women and children in our community. Please help me to see those who are hurting around me and guide me to know the ways that I can help them. Thank you for the food you have provided me today and for your provision to others through the blessings of your people. Amen.
~ The Rev Judith Schellhammer, chair, Resolution Review Committee