April 17, 2018

Faith, Food and Flourishing

Learn how to make healthy, locally grown food a reality for your congregation.

The Theological Commons at MTSO presents a day of focus and collaboration on food security, including preaching, networking, and an interactive workshop led by Rev. Dr. Heber Brown III. He will share his insights on the intersection of faith and creating church-based food networks that lead to long-term health sustainability. 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. 

Individuals and churches are invited to join us for a day of learning and inspiration. Participants will leave this experience with a theological basis for food security, a strategic plan of engagement and a toolkit for leading their community to embrace personal healthcare.

Workshop leader

Rev. Dr. Heber M. Brown III is a community organizer, beginner farmer, social entrepreneur and pastor of Baltimore's Pleasant Hope Baptist Church. For nearly two decades, he has demonstrated a deep commitment to and advocacy on a myriad of social justice concerns. 

In 2015, Brown 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. The network also serves as a food hub, linking black churches and black farmers in the Mid-Atlantic region in an effort to create a community-controlled, alternative food system based on self-sufficiency and black food and land sovereignty.

Brown is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Ella Baker Freedom Fighter Award. Grist.com named him among the “Grist 50: The 50 People You'll Be Talking About in 2016” - a list of “innovators, organizers, and visionaries who will lead us toward a more sustainable future.”

Schedule

1 p.m. Chapel service, with Dr. Brown preaching
2:15 p.m.   Faith, Food and Flourishing workshop
5 p.m.   Relaxation and tours of MTSO's Seminary Hill Farm
5:45 p.m.   Networking dinner featuring locally sourced food
7 p.m. Public lecture by Dr. Brown

Location

Methodist Theological School in Ohio
3081 Columbus Pike, Delaware, OH 43015

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Workshop tuition

Tuition of $25 per person includes the 2:15 p.m. workshop and dinner. The chapel service, farm tour and public lecture are offered at no cost. Scholarships are available for those in need. Contact Kathy Dickson at kdickson@mtso.edu or 740-362-3440.

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