Food and Faith Convening November 2018

The Duke Endowment, the Duke Divinity School and Duke's World Food Policy Center (WFPC) convened leaders working at the intersection of food and faith to connect and learn from one another. The WFPC, as part of its overarching equitable food communities initiative, led in developing grantee-informed content and the logistics and planning for the convening on November 12-13, 2018. The convening created a strategic platform for building community, engaging in peer-to-peer learning, discussions about evaluation, metrics, and aggregate outcomes, and collectively casting a future vision for this work. The 1-day convening in Durham, North Carolina, included a social dinner the previous evening, with representatives participating from various faith and food organizations.

Convening Objectives

  • Develop a state of the science and practice report
  • Network and build community of food and faith practitioners;
  • Share lessons learned, best practices, challenges, innovations, and opportunities for improvement in a peer-to-peer learning environment in which everyone is both a student and a teacher;
  • Collectively and by organization define success in food and faith work;
  • Discuss and define the best methods of evaluating food and faith work;
  • Brainstorm ways of amplifying and increasing the collective impact of food and faith practitioner work.

Convening Agenda

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Framing the Convening and the State of the Food & Faith Field
Theological, Spiritual, and Ethical Grounding Talks
  • A First Nations Perspective, A-Dae Romero-Briones, First Nations Development Institute
  • A Jewish Perspective, Dr. Adrienne Krone, Allegheny College
  • A Christian Perspective, Rev. Darriel Harris, The Black Church Food Security Network, Strength to Love 2 Farm
  • A Muslim Perspective, Dr. Hisham Moharram, The Good Tree, Inc.
Flash Talks
Food, Faith, Land & Sustainable Agriculture
  • Nati Passow, Jewish Farm School
  • Rev. Nurya Love Parish, Plainsong Farm, Faithlands, and the Christian Food Movement
  • Jilian Hishaw, Esq., F.A.R.M.S.
Food, Faith and Race
  • Rev. Richard Joyner, Conetoe Family Life Center
  • Amirah Abulughod, Stony Point Center
  • Rev. Dr. Jennifer Ayres, Candler School of Theology at Emory
Food, Faith, Food Sovereignty, and Economic Development
  • Rev. Robert Canon Two Bulls, First Nations Kitchen, All Saints Indian Mission
  • lauren Ornelas, Food Empowerment Project
  • Dr. Shamu Sadeh, Adamah
Food & Faith Convening


Project Team

  • Alex Treyz, MPP, M.Div.
  • Emma Lietz Bilecky, MEM/MTS
  • Robb Webb, The Duke Endowment
  • Norma Wirzba, Duke Divinity School
  • Christopher Carter, University of San Diego