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Natural SaintsHow People of Faith are Working to Save God's Earth$
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Mallory McDuff

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780195379570

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195379570.001.0001

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Feeding the Hungry

Feeding the Hungry

Gardening for God’s Children

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Natural Saints

Mallory McDuff (Contributor Webpage)

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This chapter addresses the question of how people of faith have transformed the ministry of feeding by a focus on the environment. The stories in this chapter include two faith communities in Wisconsin, the All People’s Church in inner city Milwaukee and a community of Catholic nuns at the SUNSEED Eco-Education Center in Mount Calvary. At the All People’s Church, the sanctuary becomes a free farmers’ market after church, with produce grown by youth in the church. The Catholic sisters at Mount Calvary teach earth spirituality, vermicomposting, and food preservation to people of faith. The lessons for other churches include the spiritual act of feeding, the importance of equal access to healthful food, the use of gardening to gain life skills, the centrality of food to relationships in faith, and the power of teaching about simple living through food.

Keywords:   churches, environmental justice, feeding ministries, local food, organic gardening, sustainable food systems

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