St John’s Episcopal Church and City Lights Bookstore will host Fred Bahnson as he presents his memoir, Soil and Sacrament on Monday, August 26th at 6:30 p.m. at St. John’s Episcopal Church. Soil and Sacrament is a profound and personal exploration of how cultivating a garden can root one’s individual spirituality and also give rise to a heightened sense of community.
As Bahnson writes, “The garden is our oldest metaphor.” And he points to many of our modern ecological issues and spiritual shortcomings that result from a disconnect with that “divinely appointed” bond we share with the earth. “Our yearning for real food is inextricably bound up in our spiritual desire to be fed,” Bahnson believes, and he shares how his own yearnings took him on a yearlong quest to seek a more authentic life.
Embracing that belief since 2010, The Garden at St. John’s has raised a variety of organic vegetables year round. After donating all the produce to local food banks for three years, this year the parish decided to begin offering a simple soup supper each Wednesday evening to the community, using the fresh vegetables from the garden and supplementing them with dried beans and homemade bread. Sharing our locally grown organic vegetables is one way we care for God’s good creation and for our neighbors and each other.
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