Thank you for joining the Partners in Health and Wholeness Book Club. Through it, we hope to engage people of faith in discussions over why our health matters. We will be posting updates through the PHW Facebook page, but our PHW blog page will have the discussion posts in full with responses from staff. Just look for the apple on top of the book picture among the blog post pictures and you will find past Book Club entries.
This week will take a look at Eating Well Week 1: Overview from the free “Eating Well” the NC Council of Churches Food Curriculum.
Excerpted from the curriculum (Leader’s Notes, Focus Statement and Scripture):
Food is a surprisingly complex issue. Where our food comes from, the way in which it is grown, the treatment of the farm workers, our purchasing choices, the availability of food around the world, and the types and quantity of food we consume are all interrelated. At the very root of the issue is our intimate relationship with God’s good creation and how we steward it.
Food is at the heart of human existence. Not only do we need food to survive, we use food as a way of building and maintaining community. It is a part of the rituals and stories we share as people of faith.
You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength, and with all your mind; and your neighbor as yourself. Luke 10:27
The earth is the Lord’s and all that is in it, the world, and those who live in it. Psalm 24:1
Please read the Eating Well Week 1: Overview of the “Eating Well” NC Council of Churches Curriculum. To request a loaned copy of “Nourish” for your congregation please email Allison Reeves Jolley: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Discussion Prompts from the curriculum (feel free to create your own prompts or to respond to one or more of these):
1) What in “Nourish” surprised you the most?
2) Why do you think people eat fast food instead of making meals themselves?
3) How does the impact of your choices on the environment and on others relate to Jesus’ command, “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you?”
–Joy Williams, PHW Regional Consultant
Partners in Health and Wholeness is an initiative of the North Carolina Council of Churches. PHW aims to connect health as a faith issue. Please visit our website to sign your personal pledge to be healthier, and to find out about grant opportunities for churches in NC. Continue to stay connected with PHW by liking us on Facebook.