Famine and Feeding Five Thousand


Since I finished doing my Eucharistic Eating lecture series in Lent, I’ve been doing a lot of thinking about hunger. Recently I’ve taken it a little farther and have been reading up on famine. Below is an expanded reflection on the sermon I preached last Sunday, on the Feeding of the Five Thousand as it appears in Matthew’s Gospel. The sermon itself can be found on the St. Philip’s website.

Please feel free to leave your thoughts, ask questions for clarification, challenge my statements, or all of the above, in the comments section below. Thanks.

Our Gospel reading for this morning has lots going on in it. Matthew’s account of the Feeding of the Five Thousand picks up several themes, and they are part of the themes that characterize Matthew’s Gospel as a whole.

One of the themes that runs through Matthew is that Jesus is great than Moses. Another is that Jesus is greater than the prophets. So, there are a lot of these things here, and I am going to just briefly go over some of them before we deal with other parts of this story. Finally, there are echoes of Matthew’s account of the Last Supper and the institution of the Eucharist. (Matthew 26:17-30).

harrowing famine read.

One of the books on famine that I have been reading in the last little while. It is a harrowing read and leaves one aghast at how easily we can be lured into treating each other as less than human.

First off, this encounter with the crowds comes at a very difficult time for Jesus. Our reading starts off with Jesus withdrawing to a deserted place. The after this concerns the news Jesus has just received about the death of his cousin John the Baptist. The forerunner of the kingdom has been executed by Herod, and Jesus tries to escape, to have some time alone with his grief. Continue reading

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Eucharistic Eating – Bibliography


Eucharistic Eating Bibliography

When a book features a link, it is to a review I have written on this blog.

Starting on Monday, March 6, I will be leading a lecture series through the six weeks of Lent, entitled Eucharist Eating. You can find the details of the course over at the St. Philip’s website. The purpose of the class is to look at how we can bring our everyday eating into the Eucharist and the Eucharist into our everyday eating.

This is an ongoing project of mine. This series marks a step along the road. Below I’ve listed a series of books that have or will continue to influence my thinking on the subject. This list is not complete, and I have read most, but not all the books contained therein. I hope as I continue on to work my way through the few that I haven’t been able to read yet.

If you have any suggestion for me to add to this list, please feel free to add them in the comments section beneath the post. Thank you.

Biography

Allemang, John. The Importance of Lunch: and other real-life adventures in good eating, Vintage Canada, 2000

Angelou, Maya. Hallelujah! The Welcome Table: A Lifetime of Memories With Recipes. Random House, 2004.

Apple Jr., R. W. Far Flung and Well Fed: The Food Writing of R. W. Apple Jr. St. Martin’s Press, 2009.

Barlow, John. Everything but the Squeal: Eating the Whole Hog in Northern Spain, Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2008

Barnes, Darlene. Hungry: What Eighty Ravenous Guys Taught Me About Life, Love & The Power of Good Food, Hyperion, 2013

Bracken, Peg. A Window Over the Sink: A Mainly Affectionate Memoir. Harcourt, Brace, Jovanovich, 1981.

Brand, Jo. Feast Here Awhile: Adventures in American Eating. Ticknor and Fields, 1993.

Bruni, Frank. Born Round: The Secret History of a Full-Time Eater, The Penguin Press, 2009

Bourdain, Anthony. Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly. Bloomsbury, 2001.

DeSalvo, Louise. Crazy in the Kitchen: Food, Feuds, and Forgiveness in an Italian American Family, Bloomsbury, 2004.

Ehman, Amy Jo. Prairie Feast: A Writer’s Journey Home for Dinner. Couteau Books, 2010.

Gaffigan, Jim. Food: A Love Story. Crown Archetype, 2014.

Gargani, Sharon Oddson with Rena Bulkin. Once Upon a Tuscan Table: Tales and Recipes From Trattoria Garga. Camino Books, Inc., 2006.

Gopnik, Adam. The Table Comes First: Family, France, and the Meaning of Food, Vintage Canada, 2012.

Jones, Judith. The Tenth Muse: My Life in Food, Alfred A. Knopf, 2007

Kirk, Patty. Starting from Scratch: Memoirs of a Wandering Cook, Thomas Nelson, 2007.

Leith, William. The Hungry Years: Confessions of a Food Addict. Bond Street Books, 2005.

Lerman, Dawn. My Fat Dad: A Memoir of Food, Love, and Family, with Recipes, Berkley Books, 2015.

Liebling, A. J. Between Meals: An Appetite for Paris, North Point Press, 1986.

Maisto, Michelle. The Gastronomy of Marriage: A Memoir of Food and Love, Random House Trade Paperbacks, 2009.

Martin, Sasha. Life from Scratch: A Memoir of Food, Family, and Forgiveness, National Geographic, 2015.

Perry, Michael. Coop: A Family, A Farm, and the Pursuit of One Good Egg, Harper Perennial, 2009

Powell, Julie. Julie & Julia: My Year of Cooking Dangerously, Black Bay Books, 2000

Reardon, Joan. M.F.K. Fisher, Julia Child, and Alice Waters: Celebrating the Pleasures of the Table, Harmony Books, 1994

Reichl, Ruth. Tender at the Bone: Growing Up at the Table, Broadway Books, 1999.

Ross, Cecily. Love in the Time of Cholesterol: A Memoir with Recipes, Viking Canada, 2006.

Severson, Kim. Spoon Fed: How Eight Cooks Saved My Life, A Memoir, Riverhead Books, 2010

Spitz, Bob: The Saucier’s Apprentice, One Long Strange Trip through the Great Cooking Schools of Euroope, W. W. Norton & Company, 2008

Trillin, Calvin. Alice, let`s Eat: Further Adventures of A Happy Eater, Random House Trade paperbacks, 2007.

Tye, Diane, Baking as Biography: A Life Story in Recipes, McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2010.

Von Bremzen, Anya. Mastering the Art of Soviet Cooking: A Memoir of Food and Longing, Crown, 2013.

West, Michael Lee. Consuming Passions: A Food Obsessed Life (uncorrected proof), HarperCollins Publishers, 1999.

Wine, Cynthia. Eating for A Living: Notes from a Professional Diner. Viking, 1993.

Cook Book

Janzen Longacre, Doris. More-With-Less Cookbook, Herald Press, 25th edition, 1987.

Ethics

Cerulli, Tovar. The Mindful Carnivore. Pegasus Books, 2012

Gold, Scott. The Shameless Carnivore: A Manifesto for Meat Lovers. Broadway Books, 2008

Lappé, Frances Moore & Joseph Collins, with Cary Fowler. Food First: Beyond the Myth of Scarcity, Revised and Updated. Ballantine Books, 1979.

Martineau, Belinda. First Fruit: The Creation of the Flavr Savr™ Tomato and the Birth of Biotech Food, McGraw-Hill, 2001

Pollan, Michael. In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto. Penguin Books, 2008.

Safran Foer, Jonathan: Eating Animals. Back Bay Books, 2009.

 

Eucharist

Gallagher, Nora. The Sacred Meal. The Ancient Practices Series. Thomas Nelson, 2009.

Hahn, Scott. The Lamb’s Supper: The Mass as Heaven on Earth. Doubleday, 1999.

—. Consuming the Word. The New Testament and the Eucharist in the Early Church. Image, 2013.

Howison, Jamie. Come to the Table: A reflection on the practice of open communion at saint benedicts table. Saint Benedicts Table Publications, 2008.

Powers, Joseph M. Eucharistic Theology. Seabury Press, 1967.

Smith, Gordon T. A Holy Meal: The Lord`s Supper in the Life of the Church. Baker Academic, 2005.

A Holy Meal makes a good introduction to the Lord’s Supper.

Streett, R. Alan. Subversive Meals: An Analysis of the Lord’s Supper under Roman Domination during the First Century, Pickwick, 2013.

Witherington III, Ben. Making a Meal of It: Rethinking the Theology of the Lord’s Supper.

Wright, Tom. The Meal Jesus Gave us: Understanding Holy Communion. Westminster John Knox Press, 1999.

Gardening:

Klindienst, Patricia. The Earth Knows my Name: Food, Culture, and Sustainability in the Gardens of Ethnic Americans, Beacon Press, 2007

General:

Bauer, Douglas, editor and Introduction. Death by Pad Thai: and Other Unforgettable Meals, Three Rivers Press, 2006

Buchanan, David: Taste, Memory: Forgotten Foods, Lost Flavors, And Why They Matter. Chelsea Green Publishing, 2012.

Cowen, Tyler. An Economist Gets Lunch: New Rules for Everyday Foodies. Dutton, 2012.

Desrochers, Pierre, and Hiroko Shimizu. The Locavore’s Dilemna: In Praise of the 10,000-Mile Diet, Public Affairs, 2012

Fisher, MFK. Here Let Us Feast: A Book of Banquets. North Point Press, 1986.

Herbert, Sharon Tyler. Never Eat More Than You Can Life: and Other Food Quotes and Quips, Broadway Books, 1997

Issenberg, Sasha. The Sushi Economy: Globalization and the Making of a Modern Delicacy, Gotham Books, 2007.

McQuaid, John. Tasty: The Art and Science of What We Eat, Scribner, 2015.

Miller, John and Benedict Cosgrove, editors. Gluttony: Ample Tales of Epicurean Excess, 1996.

Pashman, Dan. Eat More Better: How to Make Every Bite more Delicious. Simon & Schuster, 2014.

Roberts, Kylie and Alexandra Michell. Instant Guide to Entertaining. Coles Publishing, 1979.

Sweet, Victoria: God’s Hotel: A Doctor, A Hospital, and a Pilgrimage to the Heart of Medicine. Riverhead Books, Penquin, 2012.

Visser, Margaret. Much Depends on Dinner: The Extraordinary History and Mythology, Allure and Obsessions, Perils and Taboos, of an Ordinary Meal. M&S Paperback from McClelland & Stewart Inc., 1989.

—. The Gift of Thanks: The Roots, Persistence, and Paradoxical Meanings of a Social Ritual, Harper Collins, 2008.

—.The Rituals of Dinner: The Origins, Evolution, Eccentaricities, and Meaning of Table Manners, Harper Perennial, 1998.

History

Collingham, Lizzie. The Taste of War: World War II and the Battle for Food. Penguin Books, 2011.

Johnston, James P. A Hundred Years Eating: Food, Drink and the Daily Diet in Britain since the late Nineteenth Century. Gill and MacMillan, 1977.

Kurlansky, Mark, ed and intro. Choice Cuts: A Savory Selection of Food Writing from Around the World and Throughout History, Ballantine Books, 2002

Shaffer, Marjorie. Pepper: A History of the World’s Most Influential Spice. Thomas Dunne Books, 2013.

Sitwell, William. A History of Food in 100 Recipes. Little, Brown and Company, 2013.

Standage. Tom. An Edible History of Humanity. Walker & Company, 2009.

Wilson, Bee. Consider the Fork: A History of How We Cook and Eat, Basic Books, 2012.

Wrangham, Richard. Catching Fire: How Cooking Made us Human, Basic Books, 2009.

Hospitality

Pohl, Christine D. Making Room: Recovering Hospitality as a Christian Tradition, Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co, 1999.

Sutherland, Arthur. I Was a Stranger: A Christian Theology of Hospitality. Abingdon, 2006.

Westerhoff, Caoline A., Good Fences: The Boundaries of Hospitality. Morehouse Publishing, 1999.

Hunger:

Bjerga, Alan. Endless appetites : how the commodities casino creates hunger and unrest, Bloomberg Press, 2011.

Keneally, Thomas. Three famines: starvation and politics, PublicAffairs, 2011.

Russell, Sharman Apt. Hunger: an unnatural history, Basic Books, 2005

Winne, Mark. Closing the food gap: resetting the table in the land of plenty, Beacon Press, 2008

Yang, Jisheng.Tombstone: the great Chinese famine, 1958-1962, Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2012

Justice:

Saul, Nick and Andrea Curtis. The STOP: How the Fight for Good Food Transformed a Community and Inspired a Movement, Random House Canada, 2013.

Campbell, Cathy. Stations of the Banquet: Faith Foundations for Food Justice, Liturgical Press, 2003.

Hellwig, Monika K. The Eucharist and the Hunger of the World. Paulist Press/Deus Books, 1976.

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Paige, Jeffery M. Coffee and Power. Revolution and the Rise of Democracy in Central America, Harvard University Press, 1997.

Seay, Chris. A Place at the Table: 40 Days of Solidarity with the Poor.

Sider, Ronald J. Rich Christians in an Age of Hunger: A Biblical Study. Intervarsity Press, Fifth Printing, 1979.

Simon, Arthur. Bread for the World. Paulist Press, Wm B. Eerdmans Publishing Co, 1975.

Social:

Badkhen, Anna. Peace Meals: Candy-Wrapped Kalashnikovs and Other War Stories. Free Press, a division of Simon & Schuster, 2010.

Flinn, Kathleen. The Kitchen Counter Cooking School: How a Few Simple Lessons Transformed Nine Culinary Novices Into Fearless Home Cooks. Viking, 2011.

Grant, Caroline M. & Lisa Catherine Harper, editors. The Cassoulet Saved our Marriage: True Tales of Food, Family & How We Learn to Eat. Roost Books, 2013

Linn, Dennis, Sheila Fabricant Linn, Matthew Linn. Sleeping with Bread: Holding What Gives You Life. Paulist Press, 1995.

Teicholz, Nina. The Big Fat Surprise: Why Butter, Meat & Cheese Belong in a Healthy Diet. Simon & Schuster Paperbacks, 2014.

Wansink, Brian. Mindless Eating: Why We Eat More Than We Think. Bantam Books,

Table Fellowship

Parrot, Les & Leslie, with Stephanie Allen and Tina Kuna. The Hour that Matters Most: The Surprising Power of the Family Meal, Tyndale, 2011.

Bonhoeffer, Deitrich. Life Together: The Classic Exploration of Christian Community.

Translated, and with an Introduction by John W. Doberstein, Harper & Row, 1954. Harper One, 1978.

Theology:

Brasher-Cunningham, Milton. Keeping the Feast: Metaphors for the Meal, Morehouse Publishing, 2012.

Capon, Robert Farrar. Light Theology & Heavy Cream: The Culinary Adventures of Pietro & Madeleine. Cowley Publications, 2004.

The Supper of the Lamb: A Culinary Reflection. Modern Library Food, Ruth Reichel, editor, 2002.

Miles, Sara. Take this Bread: The Spiritual Memoir of A Twenty-First-Century Christian, Ballantine Books, 2007.

Norris, Gunilla. Becoming Bread: Embracing the Spiritual in the Everyday, HiddenSpring, 2003.

Sack, Daniel. Whitebread Protestants: Food and Religion in American Culture. Palgrave, 2000.

Schmemann, Alexander. For the Life of the World, St. Vladimir’s Seminary Press, 1973.

Stone, Rachel Marie. Eat With Joy: Redeeming God’s Gift of Food, IVP, 2013.

Wirzba, Norman. Food & Faith: A Theology of Eating. Cambridge, 2011.

 

Monika K. Hellwig – Eucharist, Hunger


In a few weeks, with the beginning of Lent, I’m going to be starting a lecture series entitled: Eucharistic Eating. I’ll be publishing details in the near future. The main idea of the series is bringing our daily eating into the Eucharist, and bringing the Eucharist into our daily eating. One book that I’ve been reading in preparation is: The Eucharist and The Hunger of the World, by Monika K. Hellwig.

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The Eucharist and the Hunger of the World was published in 1976. Although some of the issues dealt with have changed, there is much in the book that resonates in our world today. Continue reading

12 Hours, One Man, $20K for Refugees


This year the event will be held on June 20th, 2017.

Monday, June 27th, Geoff Woodcroft from St. Paul Fort Garry will be playing guitar for 12 hours in an attempt to raise money for a soon to be arriving family of refugees. This event will be held at St. Paul Fort Garry Anglican Church, 830 North Drive, beginning at 8 am and running through to 8 pm.

One man playing for 12 hours

Geoff Woodcroft, the man who we’ll be playing for twelve hours.

While the last couple of years has seen an increased awareness of refugees, some people and groups have been working to assist refugees for many years. One such group is the Rupert’s Land Refugee committee. This group has been helping refugees find their place in Canada for many years. When an already in progress refugee sponsorship faced new challenges, they stepped up. You can read about the challenges when you visit the Facebook Event Page.

12 Hours – Geoff Woodcroft

The video below features Geoff Woodcroft, priest at St. Paul’s Fort Garry Anglican Church. Among his many gifts and service to the church, Geoff has also served as my mentor both formally and informally. Despite having St. Paul’s to look after, Geoff has been a willing supporter of St. Philip’s as well, most notably at our pub night.

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Endearing Pain:Colleen Peters


This post for Endearing Pain is off the general path for Dining With Donald. However, I knew Colleen years ago when I attended Church of the Way, and I think her story is worth a read. Check out her book launch on May 2, more info at the bottom of post.

“Pain is Universal.” That is the first quote on the back cover of  Endearing Pain: Life Lessons from MS Afflictions,” Written by Winnipeg author and former teacher, Colleen Peters. Just over a decade ago Peters discovered she was living with Progressive Relapsing Multiple Sclerosis (PRMS). PRMS is a particularly nasty and unrelenting strain of MS.

Over the last 10-12 years, the basic activities of life, from walking to cooking and many in between have become battles with pain. Slowly but relentlessly, Peters is losing the ability to complete these tasks. Independence continues to give way to dependence, and physical activity to inactivity. All this with excruciating pain which only increases over time. Plus, living with a disease that most people don’t understand, and trying to find a way to explain her life to the people she meets.

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Endearing Pain: Life Lessons From MS Afflictions

The book is written as a series of letters. The letters started as an attempt to answer the question, “how are you doing.” As Peters explains in the opening chapter, that question is often difficult to answer. The letters that form this book are her attempts to provide answers.

These letters are sporadic in their frequency. This helps the reader to remember the capricious nature of PRMS. It also illustrates that PRMS is not a disease that Peters has control over. At the same time, the content of the letters serves to let the reader know that Peters has not let the disease have control over her.

Reading the book I find myself wondering how any one person can bear such pain. The answer it seems lies in Peters faith. This is not a faith that denies pain. Nor does it see pain as punishment. “Pain is universal,” as has already been stated.

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