[On Being a Rural Church] - Reimagining the Dietary Laws - (Eating Our Way Back to the Garden)

Part 5 - Food  

[a teaching series about the role of the church, how economy works, and why rural communities have a divine responsibility]

There is a whole chapter in Leviticus (11v1-47) about eating. Our Biblical tradition is constantly referencing and using food as a picture of God's world. Our Orthodox Tradition and Methodist Tradition highly regarded food in a sacred way...and yet, it has been solaced to eating healthy because it is good for your body.   However, everything in this series finds its most practical display in how we eat and, if we are going to restore God's world like it was in the garden, it is going to start with food. The economy of a place is first and foremost directed by how that place eats and interacts with creation via food - which means this is a very sacred and essential topic for being followers of Jesus.

We spent five weeks exploring what it looks like for us to be a "Rural Church" - both words being loaded with really important implications. We explored everything from economy to agrarianism to ecology to technology and, of course, food.  Our entire gathering was framed around this experience - celebrating this identity and using all sorts of mediums, especially poetry and song, to allow us to be formed through the power of art. We wish we could capture the whole gathering with us, but you would have had to be there for that part. We were, however, able to capture the sermons, so you can still experience those.