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Facing Food Insecurity in Texas: A Conversation with Yvette Blair-Lavallais

Facing Food Insecurity in Texas: A Conversation with Yvette Blair-Lavallais

August 19, 2022

Yvette R. Blair-Lavallais is a womanist public theologian, community pastor, ethnographer, and food justice strategist.

Her work focuses on the intersection of food insecurity, famines, displacement, and gentrification of Black, Latinx, and Indigenous peoples. Her doctoral research is "Reframing the Narrative of Food Insecurity: Creating a Faith-Based Policy that Addresses Food Apartheid in the Red Bird Community of Dallas."

 She has presented her work on the systemic injustices of food insecurity at national conferences including the Political Theology Network conference at Union Theological Seminary in New York, Bread For the World's Global Advocacy Summit and "Conversation with the White House," the Rural Women's Studies Association Triennial Conference at the University of Guelph (Canada) and the Leadership Academy at Vanderbilt Divinity School.

An award-winning writer, Rev. Blair-Lavallais is a Public Voices Fellow of The OpEd Project, a 2018-2020 fellow  of Vanderbilt Divinity School's Public Theology and Racial Justice Collaborative cohort, and a 2017 academic fellow of Princeton Theological Seminary’s prestigious Black Theology and Leadership Institute. She earned her Doctor of Ministry in "Land, Food and Faith" at Memphis Theological Seminary and she graduated Magna Cum Laude from Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University in Dallas. 

Rev. Blair-Lavallais is a native of Dallas, Texas, and holds a BA in Journalism from the University of North Texas. She and her husband, the Rev. Carl Lavallais, live in Dallas.

Her new book is entitled "Scrimpin' and Scrapin': The Hardships and Hustle of Women and Food Insecurity in Texas" which you can purchase at her website yvetteblair.com, You can also connect with her at PreacherGirl716 on Instagram and @YvetteRevYBlair on Twitter.

Taste and See: A Conversation with Andrew Brumme

Taste and See: A Conversation with Andrew Brumme

June 2, 2022

Derrick speaks with filmmaker Andrew Brumme about his film series "Taste and See". They discuss the first film in the series, hopes for future installments, and finding an audience for thoughtful spiritual material. 

 

Get your virtual tickets at https://watch.tasteandseefilms.com/

 

To support Edible theology's Indiegogo campaign, go to: 

igg.me/at/edibletheology 

 

 

Reflecting on 100 Episodes: A Conversation with Anna, Sam, and Derrick

Reflecting on 100 Episodes: A Conversation with Anna, Sam, and Derrick

April 28, 2022

The three co-hosts of the podcast celebrate their 100th episode by reflecting on their favorite episodes and guests, the state of the food and faith conversation, and hopes for the future of the show. 

”Green Lectionary, final pilot: Easter

”Green Lectionary, final pilot: Easter

April 14, 2022

Why should you preach on Isaiah 65 this Easter? We'll tell you! 

On this episode, we will be looking at the passages for Easter Sunday

My guests are Rev. Dr. Garrett Andrew, pastor of Nipomo Community Presbyterian Church in Arroyo Grande, Ca., Wilson Dickinson, author of the Green Good News and the director of continuing education at Lexington Theological Seminary,Avery Lamb, co-executive director at Creation Justice ministries, 

The passages we’ll be looking at are Acts 10:34-43, Isaiah 65:17-25, and John 20:1-18

”Green Lectionary” Pilot #2 - Maundy Thursday

”Green Lectionary” Pilot #2 - Maundy Thursday

April 12, 2022

Derrick is joined by

Rev. Dr. Garrett Andrew, pastor of Nipomo Community Presbyterian Church in Arroyo Grande, Ca., Wilson Dickinson, author of the Green Good News and the director of continuing education at Lexington Theological Seminary,Avery Lamb, co-executive director at Creation Justice ministries, and Rev. Dr. Leach Schade, author of  Creation-Crisis Preaching: Ecology, Theology, and the Pulpit and professor for preaching and worship at LExington Theological Seminary. 

 

The passages we’ll be looking at are Exodus 12:1-14, John 13:1-17, 31-35, Psalm 116, I Corinthians 11:23-26, 

Green Lectionary Pilot - Palm Sunday

Green Lectionary Pilot - Palm Sunday

April 7, 2022

A couple of years ago, we did an episode specifically for preachers and church leaders where we talked about the upcoming lectionary passages for Advent and tried to look at them through the lens of climate change and care for creation. It was a wonderful episode, but felt a little out of the realm of what we normally do at the food and faith podcast. Some of us had the idea to do a podcast that was devoted thinking about scripture through a green lens. 

 

So, this is a test! I have four friends with me and we’re going to be looking at the passages for Holy week over the next three episodes and asking the questions of where is creation, where is God, and where is there a call to action for us. 

 

My guests for the first episode are Rev. Dr. Garrett Andrew, pastor of Nipomo Community Presbyterian Church in Arroyo Grande, Ca., and Avery Lamb, co-executive director at Creation Justice ministries. 

 

The passages we’ll be looking at are Luke 19:28-40 and Psalm 118. 

Soulful Eating: A Conversation with Rev. Dr. Christopher Carter.

Soulful Eating: A Conversation with Rev. Dr. Christopher Carter.

April 6, 2022

As a part of the Just Kitchen series, Anna and Derrick speak with Rev. Dr. Chris Carter about black veganism, creating a food ethic, and his book "The Spirit of Soul Food: Race, Faith, and Food Justice". 

Rev. Dr. Christopher Carter’s teaching, research, and activist interests are in Black, Womanist, and Environmental ethics, with a particular focus on race, food, and nonhuman animals. He is
the co-creator of Racial Resilience, an anti-racism and anti-bias program that utilizes the combined insights of contemplative practices and critical race theories. His academic publications include The Spirit of Soul Food (University of Illinois Press, December 2021), and “Blood in the Soil: The Racial, Racist, and Religious Dimensions of Environmentalism” in The
Bloomsbury Handbook on Religion and Nature (Bloomsbury, 2018).

The passion that informs all of his work evolves out of his family's struggle to loosen the chains of systematic racism – similar to bell hooks he believes that education is the practice of freedom. He believes that at its broadest level, learning should be transformational: it should transform how the student views herself, her neighbor, and her worldview. Currently he is an
Assistant Professor of Theology at the University of San Diego, a Faith in Food Fellow at Farm Forward, and lead pastor of The Loft in Westwood California.

https://www.drchristophercarter.com/

 

 

Matters of Life and Death: A Conversation with Maren Morgan and Jake Marquez

Matters of Life and Death: A Conversation with Maren Morgan and Jake Marquez

March 29, 2022

Derrick speaks with the the co-hosts of The Death in the Garden podcast (and directors of an upcoming film of the same name). They speak about their journeys away from veganism, needing death to appreciate life, and finding connection to ancestry through food. 

 

www.deathinthegarden.org

patreon.com/deathinthegarden

deathinthegarden.substack.com

 

 

 

Biscuits and Self Care: A Conversation with Hugh Hollowell

Biscuits and Self Care: A Conversation with Hugh Hollowell

March 15, 2022

As a part of the Just Kitchen series, Anna and Derrick speak with Hugh Hollowell about cooking as self care, resistance, and, invitation. 

Hugh Hollowell is a writer and pastor who lives in Jackson, MS. He blogs most days at humidityandhope.com, where he writes about his attempts to find a good life in the Deep South. You can find links to all his various projects at hughhollowell.org.

https://www.humidityandhope.com/

https://bittersoutherner.com/feature/2022/fannie-lou-hamer-america

https://www.patreon.com/hughlh/posts

 

 

Cooking in Community: A Conversation with Harshita and Nora

Cooking in Community: A Conversation with Harshita and Nora

March 4, 2022

Anna speaks with her sister Nora and Nora's former roommate Harshita about building community in the kitchen, celebrating other faiths and cultures through food, and seeking justice in what and how we cook. 

 

 

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