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Fighting Fire With Food: Growing Health for the Beloved Community

Stories of Food Sovereignty, Justice, and Resilience from the Black Church 

This event is free and open to the public, but registration is requested. There will be a free reception following the talk.

How can churches address the mounting challenges of a broken food system and the significant health disparities in our communities? Rev. Heber Brown and Rev. Richard Joyner will share their experiences of leading faith communities to find creative ways to overcome these challenges and nurture community resilience. 

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Rev. Heber Brown will tell the story of the Black Church Food Security Network, which was birthed in the Baltimore Uprising of 2015. The network assists historic African American congregations in starting gardens on church-owned land and pairs churches with farmers to create a pipeline of fresh produce from soil to sanctuary.


Rev. Richard Joyner will share the story of the Conetoe Family Life Center, which emerged in 2007 as a response to the poverty, malnutrition, and premature death affecting one community in eastern North Carolina. Its programs focus on educating children and youth through gardening and providing healthy food for the community. They believe that "by caring for the soil, their plants, their bees, and each other, the children at Conetoe Family Life Center learn what it takes to keep themselves and their community, thriving."


sponsored by the School of Divinity's Food, Health, and Ecological Well-Being Program, in partnership with the following community partners: Greater Cleveland Avenue Christian Church (host), Forsyth County Food Consortium, Cooperative Extension of Forsyth County, Partners in Health and Wholeness, H.O.S.E.A. Project, Drum Majors Alliance of Social Justice & Reconciliation, and United Way of Forsyth County

Tuesday, March 28, 2017 at 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Greater Cleveland Avenue Christian Church 5095 Lansing Drive Winston Salem, NC 27105

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Special Events, Conference / Panel, Workshop, Community


School of Divinity

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Alumni, Faculty, General Public, Staff, Students, Prospective Students






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Hilary Floyd, Program Associate for Community and Lifelong Learning

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