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Monday, November 22, 2010

THE ETHICS OF EATING
Special Event
Read the info below -
if interested please inform
Pastor Keith ASAP!!!!!

November 22, 2010

Greetings from ELCA World Hunger!
We are sponsoring a free leadership training, "Ethics of Eating," for ELCA Region 9 ((Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Southeastern Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, Tennessee, Florida, the Bahamas and the Caribbean). Please share this invitation with your congregation and network.

The event takes place Thursday, January 27 through Sunday, January 30, 2011, in Ft. Myers Beach, Fla. We will lodge at the Christian Retreat Center of Ft. Myers Beach (www.christianretreatcenter.org/) and engage these issues at a variety of locations, including ECHO Farms (www.echonet.org/). It is open to congregational and campus leaders from Region 9. At this event, we’ll gather a diverse group of 15 – 20 people to discuss the justice and lifestyle issues that arise from the interconnections between what we eat and the food distribution and production system in this country. Additional information is attached (please see below) and on the Web at www.elca.org/hunger/ethicsofeating.

Applications will be approved on a rolling basis starting on December 1, 2010, until openings are filled. If you have any questions about the event itself or would like an application, please contact Mary Delasin, coordinator of the event (mzdelasin@yahoo.com, 727-479-2914).
ELCA World Hunger “Ethics of Eating” Region 9 Leadership Training, Ft. Myers Beach, Florida

What: ELCA World Hunger “Ethics of Eating” Region 9 Leadership Training. ELCA World Hunger is underwriting the cost of participation. More information and the application available at www.elca.org/hunger/ethicsofeating.

When: Thursday, January 27 through Sunday, January 30, 2011, in Ft. Myers Beach, Florida

Who: Open to ELCA Members in Region 9: Virginia (9A), North Carolina (9B), South Carolina (9C), Southeastern -- Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, Tennessee (9D), Florida-Bahamas (9E), Caribbean -- Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands (9F).

To Apply: For an application, please contact Mary Delasin, coordinator of the event (mzdelasin@yahoo.com, 727-479-2914).

Due Date: Applications will be approved on a rolling basis beginning on December 1, 2010, until all the openings are filled.

Are you concerned about the way what you eat and the way we produce food in this country impact the environment, those who are hungry and those who work in food production? Do you want to explore these issues through workshops and conversations with farmers and activists? Then you may be interested in the upcoming January 27-30, 2011, leadership training on the ethics of eating sponsored by ELCA World Hunger. This event is for those who want to explore these issues and to share what they learn with their congregation, campus, community or synod.

The issues surrounding ethics and eating will be explored from a theological perspective: how should we eat such that it is just and healthy for human beings and the environment? We will ask this question with respect to urban, local, organic and conventional farming, and their relation to hunger, food worker rights and the environment. We will brainstorm about how what we learn should inform the work of the church, particularly with respect to organizing, fundraising, education and the lifestyle of members of the church. Afterward, each participant is expected to host an event of their choice in their local area.

Goals
We hope each participant will:
Have increased capacity to advocate for a just and sustainable food system.
Implement a project, action or activity as a follow up to this event.
Subsequently participate in the Hunger Leaders Network and potentially, our online community.

Questions guiding the event planning:
What are a few theological frames for thinking about eating in a way that is just and healthy for human beings and the environment?
How is food produced and distributed in this country? What is the role of urban, local, organic and conventional farming in this system?
What are some local & regional issues for farmers and farm workers?
How do these different ways of distributing food locally, nationally and globally impact: a) hunger in urban and rural areas; b) the environment and climate change; and c) worker justice?
How should we eat such that it is just, healthy and sustainable for humanity and the environment?
What are facets of individual, synodical and congregational advocacy for policies that would enable everyone to eat this way?
We in ELCA World Hunger are excited about this event. The event will include local farmers, farm workers, food production workers, consumers, and actors in food, hunger and environmental justice networks. We will visit farms and urban agriculture programs.

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