There have been lots of books and films lately addressing the nature and origins of our food. These have sparked a national conversation about the importance of understanding where our food comes from and how it gets to our plates. People are talking about ethical treatment of the animals we eat, providing just wages for the farmers who grow our food, eating locally and living sustainably. There’s concern about genetically modified food, the climate crisis, our ability to feed ourselves, and the safety of food processing plants.
But what of the soul? For eating supports not only our physical survival, but it also feeds our soul by connecting us to the earth and to each other. Much is lost when we are disconnected from that which gives us life. We eat mindlessly, unaware of what’s really on our plate and of all the beings responsible for bringing it to us. This month, at Sunday Night aLive, we explore the Soul of Food, through song, ritual, and sharing. We’ll even have an opportunity to practice what we learn through the act of eating dinner following the service!