Gary Paul Nabhan: "The Spirituality of Food Justice"
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Seminary of the Wild offers master teaching and deep wisdom from wild luminaries in the field of eco-spirituality. Each luminary offers a unique voice to the new story that is emerging in our world today, their keynotes and writings are woven into the curriculum of our Eco-ministry Yearlong programs and introductory online immersions.
“In the parables of Jesus that double entendre is going on all the time. Jesus was preaching to people who were in the middle of the worst farming and fishing crisis in history up until that moment. The Roman Empire was abducting most of the nourishing foods being produced in Galilee. He couldn’t speak out every day about this crisis, so he buried his messages in these stories. But then the stories always work on multiple levels, and that’s why we have so many beautiful interpretations of the parables.”- Gary Paul Nabhan, Jesus for Farmers and Fishers
Climate disasters, tariff wars, extractive technologies, and deepening debts are plummeting American food producers into what is quickly becoming the most severe farm crisis of the last half-century. Yet we are largely unaware of the plight of those whose hands and hearts toil to sustain us. Agrarian and ethnobotanist Gary Paul Nabhan–the “father of the local food movement”–offers a fresh, imaginative look at the parables of Jesus to bring us into a heart of compassion for those in the food economy hit by this unprecedented crisis. Jesus for Farmers and Fishers is sure to catalyze deeper conversations, moral appraisals, and faith-based social actions in each of our faith-land-water communities.
Gary Paul Nabhan is an Agricultural Ecologist, Ethnobotanist, Ecumenical Franciscan Brother, and author whose work has focused primarily on the interaction of biodiversity and cultural diversity of the arid binational Southwest. He is considered a pioneer in the local food movement and the heirloom seed saving movement.Gary’s newest book, Jesus for Farmers and Fishers: Justice for All This Marginalized by Our Food System, is available now from booksellers.
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