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Lake Junaluska Signature Series

featuring Fred Bahnson

Sunday, August 10, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. in Terrace Auditorium  

Join us for the Lake Junaluska Signature Series featuring Fred Bahnson, writer, permaculture gardener, and pioneer in church-supported agriculture.  If the intersection between food and faith, soil and sacrament, catch your interest, you won't want to miss this exciting evening, which will include a booksigning.

Fred Bahnson

Fred Bahnson is a writer, permaculture gardener, and pioneer in church-supported agriculture. He is the director of the Food, Faith, & Religious Leadership Initiative at Wake Forest University School of Divinity. He is the author of Soil & Sacrament: A Spiritual Memoir of Food and Faith and is the co-author of Making Peace With the Land: God’s Call to Reconcile With Creation. He is a featured speaker at the 2014 Wildgoose Festival and was a panelist on faith-based initiatives and childhood obesity at First Lady Michelle Obama’s Partnership for a Healthier American Summit in Washington, DC in March 2013.After being wooed into the agrarian life in 2001 while serving as a peaceworker among Mayan coffee farmers in Chiapas, Mexico, he returned to the U.S. and in 2005 co-founded Anathoth Community Garden, a church-supported agriculture ministry in Cedar Grove, NC which he directed until 2009. He now speaks and writes full time about the intersection of food, faith, and agriculture. His essays have appeared in Christian Science Monitor, Orion, The Sun, Christian Century, and the anthologies Best American Spiritual Writing 2007 (Houghton Mifflin), Wendell Berry and Religion (Univ. Press of Kentucky) and State of the World 2011—Innovations that Nourish the Planet (Norton). In addition to his Food and Community fellowship, he has received a 2006 Pilgrimage Essay Award, a 2007 Award of Excellence from the Associated Church Press, a 2008 William Raney scholarship in nonfiction at Bread Loaf, and a 2012 North Carolina Artist fellowship in creative nonfiction from the NC Arts Council. He lives with his wife and three sons in Transylvania County, NC.

The evening lecture, sponsored by Lake Junaluska Program Ministries, is FREE and open to the public. A love offering will be collected.  Fred Bahnson's books, Soil and Sacrament and Making Peace with the Land will be for sale at the event.  Fred will be available to sign copies following the lecture.

"The spiritual ecology of prayer always includes such places of withdrawal--landings, tree stands, a porch swing--unadorned places where your soul can touch down for a while and simply be. It is in such silent emptiness that God is waiting. Here there is no need to plow the air with constant chatter. Let themind's field lie fallow, such places tell us, let the mycelial strands of prayer run in the dark and see what fruit may come. And when you leave, those same strands will follow under your feet, undergirding everything you do." 

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Jennifer Martin, Director of Program Ministries