The Rev. Dr. Heber Brown III, founder of the Black Church Food Security Network, will lead a day of learning and inspiration for church leaders April 17 at Methodist Theological School in Ohio, 3081 Columbus Pike in Delaware.
The day runs from 1 p.m. through 8 p.m. and includes five components: a chapel service; a “Faith, Food and Flourishing” workshop; tours of MTSO’s Seminary Hill Farm; a networking dinner featuring locally sourced food; and an evening lecture by Brown.
Tuition of $25 per person includes the afternoon workshop and dinner. A 0.5 CEU credit is available for an additional $15. The chapel service, farm tour and public lecture are offered at no cost. Current MTSO students, faculty and staff are free. Registration is required. Detailed and online registration are available at www.mtso.edu/flourish.
Brown is a community organizer, beginner farmer, social entrepreneur and pastor of Baltimore's Pleasant Hope Baptist Church. In 2015, he launched the Black Church Food Security Network, which combats food apartheid by providing seed funding and support to help congregations begin growing food on church-owned land.
He has found that many churches already possess the tools and resources to build a flourishing community that addresses nutritional food security in urbanized neighborhoods. Participants in “Faith, Food and Flourishing” will leave the experience with a theological basis for food security, a strategic plan of engagement and a toolkit for leading their community to embrace personal healthcare.
Methodist Theological School in Ohio provides theological education and leadership in pursuit of a just and sustainable world. In addition to the Master of Divinity degree, the school offers master’s degrees in counseling, theological studies and practical theology, along with a Doctor of Ministry degree.
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