IATP Food and Community Fellow Fred Bahnson connects food and faith in his most recent book, Making Peace with the Land: God's Call to Reconcile with Creation, co-authored with Norman Wirzba.
The book starts from the premise that we are alienated not only from one another, but also from the land that sustains us--and goes on to summon us to "join in the hard, divine work that, by nurturing soil, nurtures human life."
In his forward, Bill McKibben, author of Deep Economy and Eaarth, says, "This book reminds us of the resources--scriptural, scientific and human--that we have as we try to write a new story, one that emphasizes the need for people to back off, to allow the planet to operate on its own (God's) terms instead of ours. It's a rich book, which is appropriate, since this is a rich and beautiful world."
Bahnson and Wirzba describe communities that model cooperative practices of relational life, with local food production, eucharistic eating and delight in God's provision. The book is part of a series that came out of the Duke Divinity School Center for Reconciliation and is available through InterVarsity Press.