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Food, Ecology, and Vocation: How God Called an Atheist from Las Vegas to Start a Faith-Based Farm Ministry and Steward a Christian Food Movement

In a tremendous time of change for the church and all Creation, God is still at work. Discerning and following God’s call on your life is the work of a lifetime. Rev. Parish will share her own story and some of the stories of other reflective practitioners responding to God’s call at the intersection of Christian discipleship, sustainability, health and justice. What is a farm ministry? How does it connect to the church as we know it? What is the Christian food movement? How can we glorify God in our own day, engaging the deepest issues of our time with reverence and honesty? A time of conversation will follow her presentation.

About The Rev. Nurya Love Parish
The Rev. Nurya Love Parish is an Episcopal priest, co-founder of Plainsong Farm and Ministry, and the creator of the guide to the Christian food movement. Plainsong Farm and Ministry is a new farm (est. 2016) in greater Grand Rapids that incorporates a community supported agriculture program, charitable food ministry, seasonal worship, and seeks to grow farm-based faith formation in the coming years. The farm is a partnership between the Parish family, the Edwardson family (farm managers), and the Episcopal Diocese of Western Michigan. As part of the farm’s research phase, Nurya created the first “Guide to the Christian Food Movement” in 2015, which has since grown into a standalone website and program of the farm.

Rev. Parish was raised without religious participation. She visited a Unitarian Universalist congregation out of curiosity in college and experienced a strong and undeniable call to the ministry. While preparing for ordained ministry, she became an adult convert to Christianity. Her first call out of seminary was to plant a Christian church within the Unitarian Universalist Association. After ten years of offering a witness to Christ in the UUA, she became an Episcopalian. She was re-ordained a priest in the Episcopal Church in 2011.

This lecture is sposnored by the School of Divinity and the Food, Health, and Ecological Well-Being Program.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017 at 5:00pm to 6:00pm

Wingate Hall, Room 302
1834 Wake Forest Road Winston-Salem, NC 27106

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Religious Observance, Speakers, Special Events, 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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