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Through a liberationist lens, religion and social justice are more similar than different. Food illuminates opportunities for building collective agency and community resilience in which religion and social justice might serve one another (White 2018). Specifically, faith communities can contribute to local food systems by using church-owned lands to provide access to farmland for beginning and BIPOC farmers, improve access to fresh, healthy produce, and enhance food security (FaithLands 2021). Faith communities are shifting mindsets from charity to justice and scarcity to abundance while addressing rural child hunger (Lietz-Bilecky 2020). Overall, this paper explores unique ways the Christian food movement addresses social, health, and environmental crises that challenge food systems.

Additionally, this paper describes personal experiences during a fellowship while exploring the process of vocational discernment as connection to self and surrounding place through farming in rural and urban contexts located within Ohio, South Dakota, California, and Oregon. Overall, this paper explores topics of food justice, liberation theology/ecological theology of liberation, faith community engagement, social justice, environmental justice, agrarianism, agriculture, food sovereignty, food systems, and hunger.


Work completed during a Charles Rice Post-Graduate Research Fellowship.

A related introductory video is located here.

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