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Saying Grace: Food, Justice, & Sustainability

Talk Bak with Norman Wirzba

Norman Wirzba is the author of The Paradise of God: Renewing Religion in an Ecological Age and has edited several books including The Essential Agrarian Reader: The Future of Culture, Community, and the Land and The Art of the Commonplace: The Agrarian Essays of Wendell Berry. He is currently at work on a book on food titled The Grace of Good Food: Eating and the Life of Faith. Wirzba contends that agrarianism is not simply for or about farmers, but is a comprehensive cultural force that has wide applications in the areas of economics, politics, education, medicine, and art.

Talk Back with Barbara Brown Taylor

Barbara Brown Taylor teaches religion at Piedmont College in rural northeast Georgia and is an adjunct professor of spirituality at Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur. She is the author of twelve books, including the New York Times bestseller An Altar in the World, published by HarperOne in February 2009. Her first memoir, Leaving Church, met with widespread critical acclaim, winning a 2006 Author of the Year award from the Georgia Writers Association. A contributing editor to Sojourners, an at-large editor for The Christian Century and sometime commentator on Georgia Public Radio, Taylor lives on a working farm with her husband Ed and a yard full of animals.

Growing Community Through Gardening

Participants will hear stories of how to start and support gardens to feed the life of communities, and grow good food.

Life on the Edges: Permaculture Design and Intentional Christian Community

At Koinonia Farm, becoming a demonstration plot for the kingdom of God on Earth is turning out to be a lot more practical than one might expect. We began practicing permaculture design three years ago as part of our efforts to feed the hungry through renewal of body, mind and spirit. Come join the discussion and learn how one small community is exploring the diversity found at the edges of our culture while learning to live in harmony with the natural world around us.

Connecting Youth To Something Deeper

Tired of tired youth group meetings? Looking to go from movie nights to something more spiritually fruitful? This session will focus on teaching tools and methods to reconnect teenagers to the creation and the creator. Participants will gain basic instruction in the following areas: developing an outdoor education program for young people; creating projects that connects leaders, youth and the land together; generating ideas for what to do with the spiritual harvest of these activities; planning follow-through programs to extend the learning from one program to the next.