On Food and Faith: Ministry in the Time of Climate Change
May 30 – June 1, 2019
Methodist Theological School in Ohio (MTSO) – Delaware, OH
“The soil is the great connector of lives, the source and destination of all. It is the healer and restorer and resurrector, by which disease passes into health, age into youth, death into life. Without proper care for it we can have no community, because without proper care for it we can have no life.” Wendell Berry, The Unsettling of America: Culture and Agriculture
Technological advances in the 20th and the 21st century offer many American consumers easy access to cheap and abundant food, much of which is traced to supply and labor chains around the world. The same advances have resulted in the depletion of soils, the overuse of fertilizers, herbicides, and pesticides, greenhouse gas pollution, as well as increasing obesity and other food related health issues. And within this system, millions in the U.S. and billions more across the globe go hungry each day. Food deserts persist across urban and rural America, and upwards of 41 million Americans are food insecure, 13 million of whom are children. This system keeps externalities hidden, supply high, and prices low affecting the long term health of soils, water, human beings and wildlife.
This year’s conference will teach faith leaders from all faiths, laypeople, academics, activists, and of course farmers how our current food system is contributing to the climate crisis, explore the impact climate change is having on farming and food security, and help empower attendees to take action on these issues in a way that aligns with their deepest values. The training is hosted by the Center for Earth Ethics, The Climate Reality Project, Methodist Theological School in Ohio (MTSO), and the Initiative for Food and AgriCultural Transformation at Ohio State University.
The training will take place at MTSO May 30th-June 1.
Applications are open for the 2019 program. Application deadline is April 15, 2019. Applicants will be notified of decisions by April 30, 2019. Click here to submit an application.
Travel and Accommodations:
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Please contact: Genie Cooper