Godspeed the Plough!:
The Church and The Redemptive Practice of Agriculture

A conversation on church, food and economy; an exploration of what
it means for our churches to be faithful witnesses to God's work of redeeming a fallen creation.

Food is one of the basic elements of human life, and yet in many churches
there has been little reflection upon how our eating habits intersect with
our call to live peaceably with all humanity, and indeed all creation. In
recent years, there have been plenty of prophetic voices (e.g., Wendell Berry,
Michael Pollan) calling us to re-examine how we eat, but how do we respond as
communities of God's people to these calls? Maybe we eat less. Maybe we eat
more local foods. Maybe we work together to grow some of our own food. Let's
come together in November and share our stories and encourage one another to a
more just pattern of eating.

      When: Friday evening Nov. 7 and Saturday Nov. 8, 2008

      Where: Englewood Christian Church / Indianapolis

      Cost: (includes food and housing -- if needed)
            $75 (Standard rate)
            $ 60 (Student rate)

              A group rate for churches / communities is also available...

Probably the most urgent question now faced by people who would adhere
to the Bible is this: What sort of economy would be responsible to the holiness
of life? What, for Christians, would be the economy, the practices and the
restraints, of "right livelihood"? ... Obviously, if Christianity is going to
survive as more than a respecter and comforter of profitable iniquities,
then Christians, regardless of their organizations, are going to have to
interest themselves in economy--which is to say, in nature and in work.
They are going to have to give workable answers to those who say we
cannot live without this economy that is destroying us and our world,
who see the murder of Creation as the only way of life.
  -- Wendell Berry, from "Christianity and the Survival of Creation"

[The Church] should take the places damaged by the immanent economy
and restore them as an eschatological act, understanding that creation is
not only what God made, but what he will restore. ... The church could ...
buy damaged land and with patience, intelligence, and care make it productive
and flourishing.
  -- Ragan Sutterfield, from "God's Grandeur: The Church in the Economy of Creation"

Conference Partners:

  Englewood Christian Church     The Ekklesia Project  

  Doulos Christou Books                The Englewood Review of Books  

  Mission Indy