[Press Release] So many communities across the country have an extraordinary story to tell.
Harvesting Abundance: Local Initiatives of Food and Faith by Brian Sellers-Petersen profiles the inspirational efforts of 25 Episcopal congregations, schools, and organizations planting seeds of change in their communities through their food and faith initiatives.
But it is more than just locally grown food that these communities are sharing with neighbors, with food banks, and with the needy. They are using their agricultural initiatives as the basis for sharing God’s story of abundance.
After all, the Bible begins with the spiritual importance of a garden. In the author’s own words, he wrote this book because “the bottom line and raison d’être is Genesis 2:15: ’The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to till it and keep (tend) it.’” Sellers-Petersen was also inspired by the biblical concept of the Jubilee year, the agricultural sabbatical known as shmita, and the foundational relationship between the land and God. Ultimately, this book is about how a connection to the land can be used to build deeper connections with other people.
“Brian brings over 30 years of experience, faithfulness, and insights to this inspiring exploration of how we, as Christians and as the Episcopal Church, are called to use God’s abundance. He connects the global to the local and the spiritual to the temporal with his lively wit and characteristic warmth,” says Robert W. Radtke, President of Episcopal Relief & Development.
This book will also help readers find ideas for starting their own food and faith initiatives in their congregations or backyards. It is model for how others can develop their own projects or find the inspiration they need to increase their outreach and impact on their own community. It is also an important reminder of the importance of constantly nurturing our own relationship with our creator—and with our fellow human beings.
The author is Brian Sellers-Petersen, co-founder of Cultivate: the Episcopal Food Movement, is an avid gardener at home and office (St. Mark’s Cathedral, Seattle) and a consultant to Seattle Tilth Food and Faith Initiative. He has worked with Episcopal Relief & Development (ERD) for the past 15 years in a variety of capacities, including as the creator/developer of Episcopal Relief & Development’s Abundant Life Garden Project curriculum, a leader of pilgrimages to sustainable agriculture programs in Ghana and Central America, senior advisor to the president of ERD, former Director of Church Engagement, and former Western Regional Director. He is on the advisory council of the Beecken Center at Sewanee, and previously worked for World Vision and with Bread for World. In addition, he has worked with All Saints Pasadena; the Anglican Diocese of Port Elizabeth, South Africa; and the Student Christian Movement of South Africa. He currently lives in Covington, Washington. He blogs at http://www.faithfultilth.org/blog/