We believe agrarian work can transform our culture, our institutions, and ourselves in ways that are visionary, practical, local, and relational. We know that we hold in trust a tradition with resources to share for God’s mission of reconciliation that offers hope for all creation. We pray for the wisdom and courage to proclaim Christ’s way of love and tend earth which God called ‘good’.”
We envision and work to create a just and sustainable food system which reflects the abundance and grace of God. Cultivate: The Episcopal Food Movement engages with the Church to discover how agrarian work can transform our culture, our institutions, our environment, and ourselves through gardens, farms, and conservation.
Our Program and Services
By building a network of relationships and shared practices among Episcopalians who grow and share food, we aim to:
- Support and encourage emerging food and agriculture ministries,
- Provide ways to organize for common work and mobilize resources for mission,
- Share knowledge and develop “best practices” for starting and sustaining agrarian ministries,
- Connect and advance food-related ministries throughout the church.
Background and Theological Foundation
The Episcopal Church has responded to the issue of food justice and the popularity of the local foods movement with a new interest in and understanding of land stewardship. This understanding expresses itself in a wide variety of Church gardens, agrarian land uses, feeding programs, and even in new emerging liturgies.
In 2013, a group of interested people gathered at the DuBose Lectures at the School of Theology, University of the South. Dr. Ellen Davis spoke about the Prophetic perspective of our covenant with the land. Our purpose as a gathered group resonated with her exposition of this perspective. In particular: the importance of ‘Concreteness’ – our call to be action oriented “hands in the dirt”; our call to participate in the suffering of the vulnerable, both nationally and internationally; the primacy of our relationship with God; and, our call to prophetic witnessing to the theological significance of others outside the Church. In clear terms our focus is visionary, practical, local and relational.