Food and Faith Podcast

Conversations from the soil and around the table. With Anna Woofenden, Derrick Weston, and Sam Chamelin.

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Tuesday Oct 18, 2022

Derrick speaks to Talitha Amadea Aho about her book "Deep Waters: Spiritual Care for Young People in a Climate Crisis"
Author Talitha Amadea Aho is a chaplain at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland and a minister member of the Presbytery of San Francisco. Recently, she served as a pastor at Montclair Presbyterian Church, the largest Presbyterian congregation in Oakland, where she was responsible for children and youth programs. She has been in ministry to the young since she was old enough to qualify as a chaperone—both at church camps and churches on the East coast, and with the nonprofit organization Children of Uganda.

Tuesday Oct 04, 2022

As a part of The Just Kitchen project, Anna and Derrick speak with Kelley Nikondeha about finding peace and prayer in the kitchen and they discuss her new book The First Advent. 
Kelley Nikondeha is a liberation theologian, author, and deputy director of Communities of Hope, a community development enterprise in Burundi. Her current book, The First Advent in Palestine: Reversals, Resistance, and the Ongoing Complexity of Hope, is available in stories now.

Friday Aug 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, You can also connect with her at PreacherGirl716 on Instagram and @YvetteRevYBlair on Twitter.

Thursday Jun 02, 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. 
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Thursday Apr 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. 

Thursday Apr 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

Tuesday Apr 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, 

Thursday Apr 07, 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. 

Wednesday Apr 06, 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 isthe 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 TheBloomsbury 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 anAssistant 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.

Tuesday Mar 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.


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