Food & Faith

The Role & Promise of Rural Faith Communities in Solving Hunger

E96: The Role & Promise of Rural Faith Communities in Solving Hunger

October 2020

Food insecurity in children is a tragic issue around the world and in the US. In America, the issue is especially challenging in rural areas. Rural faith communities often play a central role in addressing rural child hunger, and the support needs and desires of these organizations are nuanced by their faith tradition. This is the subject of a report done jointly by the Duke World Food Policy Center and the No Kid Hungry program of Share Our Strength. It is entitled, Rural Child Hunger and Faith Community Engagement. Joining us today are three experts on this issue. Emma Lietz Bilecky, the chief author of this report, received her graduate training at Duke University and is now Research Fellow with Princeton Theological Seminary’s Farminary project. Norman Wirzba and Robb Webb are some of the nation’s leading thinkers on issues of food and faith. Norman Wirzba a faculty member of the Duke Divinity School and has written some of the most influential texts on food and faith, and Robb Webb is Director of the Rural Church Division of The Duke Endowment and Chair of the Rural Life Committee of the North Carolina Council of Churches. Listen to Podcast/Read Transcript about E96: The Role & Promise of Rural Faith Communities in Solving Hunger »


Lilian Cheung on Eating Mindfully

E74: How Eating Mindfully Can Change Your World

January 2020

Do you eat mindfully? Could an approach to eating derived from one religious tradition be helpful to us all? Today's guest, Dr. Lilian Cheung is an expert on just these questions. Listen to Podcast/Read Transcript about E74: How Eating Mindfully Can Change Your World »


Jeremy Everett, Founder of the Texas Hunger Initiative

E66: Jeremy Everett: Ending Hunger Takes Coordinated Action

November 2019

Faith-based efforts can be powerful and compelling ways to address a number of social issues, including food insecurity. Listen to Podcast/Read Transcript about E66: Jeremy Everett: Ending Hunger Takes Coordinated Action »


Darriel Harris on Harnessing Faith to Improve Community Health

E20: Darriel Harris on Harnessing Faith to Improve Community Health

March 2019

Can you make sustainable changes in community or neighborhood health without tackling the issue of food and diet? Why is such work so difficult? What is the role of churches and other faith organizations? Our next guest on The Leading Voices in Food is Reverend Darriel Harris and he works on this problem in a variety of ways. Listen to Podcast/Read Transcript about E20: Darriel Harris on Harnessing Faith to Improve Community Health »


Reverend Dr. Heber Brown

E22: Heber Brown on Organizing Communities Around Their Food

March 2019

In the US food system, communities of color suffer disproportionately from lack of access to affordable, nutritious food. But what happens when you connect growers with their communities? Or when communities grow their own food on Church owned land? In Baltimore, Maryland, and along the I-95 corridor in the southeast United States, you can see this happening through the Black Church Food Security Network. Our next guest on The Leading Voices in Food is Reverend Dr. Heber Brown, who founded this network with the goal of helping churches to grow their own food on church-owned land, and to partner black farmers and urban growers with historically African American congregations to create pipelines for fresh produce. Listen to Podcast/Read Transcript about E22: Heber Brown on Organizing Communities Around Their Food »


Nurya Love Parish

E14: Nurya Love Parish on a Calling to Steward our Lands

February 2019

Did you know that most church land holdings are not located in high-priced cities? Instead, they're in countless rural locations from Maine to California, with land deeded over in wills by former parishioners or purchased over the years by church leaders. Today's guest on The Leading Voices in Food series is Nurya Love Parish, who is animated by the idea that from a religious perspective, land is part of creation and needs to be managed with wisdom. Listen to Podcast/Read Transcript about E14: Nurya Love Parish on a Calling to Steward our Lands »


Christopher Carter

E25: Christopher Carter on Looking at Food Theologically

February 2019

How should society balance people's needs and wants for meat and eggs against the needs and wants of farmers and farm animals? What do theologians and ethicists have to say about factory farming, animals and marginalized communities. It's a complicated subject that triggers strong feelings about moral economics, racial equity, nutrition, and environmental sustainability will explore these issues today on The Leading Voices in Food podcast with our guest, Methodist pastor Christopher Carter, who's also an assistant professor of theology and religious studies at the University of San Diego. Listen to Podcast/Read Transcript about E25: Christopher Carter on Looking at Food Theologically »


Hisham Moharram

E15: Hisham Moharram Talks Agripreneurship and The Good Tree

January 2019

Hisham Moharram describes himself as an agripreneur and an environmental and social justice activist. His life's goal is to establish a local food economy and to show people that we can produce food with environmental stewardship and faith-based agribusiness at the core. Listen to Podcast/Read Transcript about E15: Hisham Moharram Talks Agripreneurship and The Good Tree »


Aaron Gross on Alternatives to Factory Farming

E26: Aaron Gross on Factory Farming and New Ways to Support Farmers

January 2019

What does it mean to be a conscientious consumer of food? Does it make a difference to the economy, the environment, or is it simply a personal decision? What do people of faith have to say about it? We'll explore these issues today on the Leading Voices in Food Podcast with our guest, Dr Aaron Gross, an Associate Professor of theology and religious studies at the University of San Diego. Listen to Podcast/Read Transcript about E26: Aaron Gross on Factory Farming and New Ways to Support Farmers »


Adae Romero Briones on First Nations Food Systems

E9: A'dae Romero-Briones on First Nations Food Systems

January 2019

What can food teach us about our community lifeways, past and present? Community food life ways or one way that first nations tribes can regain food sovereignty in the face of federal policies that have diminished native lands, imposed a non-native diet, and made it difficult to retain native languages. This is a core part of the work of today's guest on the Leading Voices in Food A'Dae Romero-Briones. Listen to Podcast/Read Transcript about E9: A'dae Romero-Briones on First Nations Food Systems »


Norman Wirzba

E08: Norman Wirzba: Does Faith Shape your Relationship to Food?

November 2018

For most of us today—getting food is a relatively easy trip to the grocery store or a restaurant. Agrarian theologists see this as a trend of capitalism and urban life. But is this good for us…as individuals and as stewards of our environment? Are we becoming too spiritually and ethically removed from the realities of food production? We’ll explore these questions and more on The Leading Voices in Food with Dr. Norman Wirzba. Listen to Podcast/Read Transcript about E08: Norman Wirzba: Does Faith Shape your Relationship to Food? »