By: James Gordon
The Bible has a lot to say about food, especially when the powerful, who are well fed, control food distribution and increase the number of poor who go hungry. We have a responsibility to each other.
By: Zach Dawes
Food companies and restaurants spend millions each year on advertising their products to millions of viewers. Should churches place a greater emphasis on human health and the food we eat?
By: David Brattston
Early Christianity recognized that any food that God declared clean – even if previously forbidden – was clean. Today, science is producing meat by in-vitro cell growth. How do we respond?
By: Joe LaGuardia
The fair trade movement, focused on obtaining needed food while sufficiently and fairly supporting the farmers and manufacturers who make it, is breaking through in the Christian world.
By: Larry Greenfield
The Lenten practice of not eating meat has year-round benefits for the common good. That’s because the amount of water needed to feed the animals we consume far exceeds what's needed to grow veggies.
Pope Benedict XVI has decried the abuse of animals in our food production. Consider these five moral challenges about how the food on our table gets there.
Where do you encounter God? Perhaps the time one spends quietly turning shovels of earth in a backyard garden can reveal the significant mysteries of God's creation.
As more people in the world crave a meat-based diet like the United States, some experts envision meat production doubling by mid-century. Can we sustain it?
Eating less can substantially reduce global hunger, not to mention improve the health of those of us in the U.S., where obesity has become a national epidemic.
A coalition of Christian groups is launching a campaign to highlight global poverty and corruption, which keeps more than 850 million of the poorest of the poor undernourished.
Sugar-sweetened beverages –soda, sports drinks and fruit juices – make up the largest source of calories in the American diet. And our waistlines are growing as proof.
Many U.S. families experience hunger outright or alter their consumption patterns, such as buying less healthy but more filling food, to avoid hunger. Is your church part of the solution?
The mayor of the Big Apple proposed a ban on sugar-laden soft drinks larger than 16 ounces, pointing out that obesity will kill more people than smoking in a few years.
What's the secret to great barbecue? Is it the meat, the sauce, the type of grill? Aficionados will fight long and hard as they defend their favorite barbecue as the superior one. Sound familiar?
Obesity health problems cost up to $190 billion annually. Will a campaign similar to the anti-smoking effort help reduce obesity rates? And will churches be involved?
A British church is piloting a community cafe, where people learn how to grow and prepare healthy and inexpensive food. Volunteers in the cafe or the community garden eat for free.
Up to 10 billion chickens are killed in the U.S. each year, and we use deplorable methods to raise them. Is it time for Christians to engage in honest dialogue about animal rights?
With so many places to eat, it's easy to forget that food doesn't come on a plate, in a wrapper or bundled with a toy. It comes from God's soil. Let's be thankful to God and for those who toil to prepare it.
The global community's diet is unbalanced. Millions face daily hunger; millions of others who struggle with obesity are eating themselves to death. How will we respond to this imbalance?
Eager to bring God to the people of Africa, a young teacher instead found that God often comes to us through the love of the very people to whom we minister.
As the British government's cutbacks take effect, one charity estimates that the number of people seeking assistance from food banks could swell to a half-million by 2015.
NEW ORLEANS (RNS) Minister Ray Cannata’s mission is almost complete.
More than 11 million people in the Horn of Africa are expected to need food assistance until August 2012. And the lack of a U.S. response to this hunger crisis points to a failure in leadership.
As parents and children starve in a drought-ravaged region of Africa, what will it take for those of us blessed with plenty to abandon our complacency and respond with compassion and sacrifice?
Amid calls to reduce the United Kingdom's foreign aid and charges of crying wolf over a drought-stricken region in Africa, the U.N.'s goal to cut the number of the world's poor in half by 2015 is on track.
If Christians really believe we are created in the image of God, then we need to address people's health – not just their souls. Maybe retiring sugar-laden donuts before our services is a good place to start.
A worsening food crisis is affecting millions of people in the Horn of Africa. Humanitarian groups have been increasingly sounding the alarm, with one leader calling it the century's "worst food crisis."
Obesity isn't a laughing matter, an issue to be set aside with dismissive excuses that some folk like to eat fried food. And it's most dramatic in the South – home to nine of the 10 states with the highest rates of adult obesity.
(RNS) The last time Regina Finer’s mother cooked the soft, dense potato dumplings called kluskies, Regina couldn’t have been more than 12.
(RNS) Convicted businessman Sholom Rubashkin has filed an appeal in hopes of a new trial, or at least a reduced sentence.
NEW YORK (RNS) What does it really mean for your Hebrew National hot dog to “answer to a higher authority?”
NEW ORLEANS (RNS) Major charity groups say the needs of impacted families remain dire.
Dostoyevsky had it right. Food is a spiritual issue – in terms of our unhealthy consumption habits, our harmful industrialized supply system and our seeming indifference to those without food.
My friend George Mason says the real issue is “that Martha is cookin’ it up for Jesus and Mary is cookin’ it up with Jesus... Mary teaches us,” he says, “that we do not host Jesus; we guest him as he hosts us.”
It is in the frequent and familiar events of life that we discover who we really are. More than just eating etiquette is involved in this story. The lesson is about the human ego. In fact, in life I have learned that the most fun is had not at the head table but at the children’s table. Not in the dining room where the good china is used and you have to mind your manners. Rather, the most fun is had sitting at the card table in the sun room or den, sitting in the folding chairs, not the ones with Queen Anne legs. That’s where people really relax and have fun. That’s where – around the children – one doesn’t have to be pretentious or force conversation, but, rather, you can giggle about green peas, put your elbows on the table, and actually use the wrong fork and get away with it.
But when the pains of contractions begin there is a complete and utter disruption of life-as-usual. Chaos prevails, not order. Panic, not reason. Other plans have been made; they’ll have to be pushed aside. Something larger and stronger – something inevitable and unchangeable – is now in charge. The birth will occur – not neatly, not logically or in straightforward fashion – but in “messy waves of fear and pain, plateaus of waiting and spikes of recognition and joy that culminate in new life.”