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What the Christian Churches are Saying about Food

Christian Churches

 

Respecting the Earth

  “Our faith and our ancestors have always taught us that the earth is our mother and deserves respect; we know that this respect has not been given. We know that like a mother the earth will continue to give its all to us. However, we also know that we are now demanding more than it is able to provide. Science confirms what we already know, our human footprint is changing the face of the earth and because we come from the earth, it is changing us too. We are engaged in the process of destroying our very being.”

– Anglican Communion Environmental Network, The Hope We Share 

 

Just and Fair Food Choices

 “Urge all members and governing bodies of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) to influence the agricultural revolution (by) advocating for just and fair wages and working conditions for everyone involved in the food production industries, supporting the practice of good stewardship in the daily food choices we make, (and to) help the oppressed have a voice …”

– Presbyterian Church USA 

 

Ensuring Food Security

“The idea of the earth as a boundless warehouse has proven both false and dangerous. Damage to the environment eventually will affect most people through increased conflict over scarce resources, decline in food security, and greater vulnerability to disease.”

Evangelical Lutheran Church in America

 

A Favorable Future for Argriculture 

“The Church has a clear record of helping the world address such issues as clean water and air, civil rights, nuclear warfare, arms expenditures, and world hunger.  The Church must likewise take responsibility for addressing the problem of agriculture. The outcome of human history will be determined by our resolves to achieve a favorable future for agriculture.”

– United Methodist Church, Statement on the Environment


Local Food Cultures at Risk

 “Environmental degradation and crop damage due to climate change, the rise of biofuels, and agricultural distortions due to export farming add to the instability of local food cultures…”

– United Church of Christ­

 


Imagine if the Earth were divided equally among all of us. Each person would receive 4.5 acres. Now imagine that everything you need – food, energy, home, clothing, gadgets – must come from those 4.5 acres. But it takes 22.3 acres to maintain the average American lifestyle.There is a new way of observing Lent that helps us care for God’s creation by taking steps toward using only our fair share of its resources. Moving in the direction of 4.5 is essential for anyone walking in the footsteps of Jesus today.

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Lent 4.5 is a seven-week faith formation program which inspires and informs Christian communities on how to use the traditional Lenten disciplines of prayer, fasting and almsgiving to protect God’s creation, embrace Gospel justice and nurture spiritual fulfillment. It offers practical opportunities for people of faith to apply the values of Christian Simplicity to their everyday lives.


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