Jesus for Farmers and Fishers: Justice for All Those Marginalized by Our Food System

Jesus for Farmers and Fishers: Justice for All Those Marginalized by Our Food System

by Gary Nabhan


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Climate disasters, tariff wars, extractive technologies, and deepening debts are plummeting American food producers into what is quickly becoming the most severe farm crisis of the last half-century. Yet we are largely unaware of the plight of those whose hands and hearts toil to sustain us.

Agrarian and ethnobotanist Gary Paul Nabhan--the "father of the local food movement"--offers a fresh, imaginative look at the parables of Jesus to bring us into a heart of compassion for those in the food economy hit by this unprecedented crisis. Offering palpable scenes from the Sea of Galilee and the fields, orchards, and feasting tables that surrounded it, Nabhan contrasts the profound ways Jesus interacted with those who were the workers of the field and the fishers of the sea with the events currently occurring in American farm country and fishing harbors.

Tapping the work of Middle Eastern naturalists, environmental historians, archaeologists, and agro-ecologists, Jesus for Farmers and Fishers is sure to catalyze deeper conversations, moral appraisals, and faith-based social actions in each of our faith-land-water communities.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781506465067
Publisher: Broadleaf Books
Publication date: 03/30/2021
Pages: 196
Product dimensions: 5.75(w) x 8.75(h) x (d)

About the Author

Gary Paul Nabhan is an Ecumenical Franciscan Brother, seed saver, agro-ecologist, and agrarian activist. A former MacArthur Fellow, he has been called the "father of the local food movement" by Time. He currently holds the W.K. Kellogg Chair in Food & Water Security for the Borderlands. An Arab-American, he has engaged with farmers and refugee farmworkers in Lebanon, Egypt, Palestine, and Oman. Nabhan keeps orchards, gardens and greenhouses at his home in Patagonia, Arizona, then fishes and forages from an old adobe house on the shores of the Sea of Cortez in Mexico.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Taste & see. Smell & listen.
1: Parables for healing. Hope for sowing.
2: What was then is happening again right now.
3: Parables have power to move things.
4: Determination and dogged attention to detail.
5: Seeing the world through the lens of abundance & collaboration.
6: Have we done enough for the least of our brothers & sisters?
7: What matters is what is right here before us
8: What lies "hidden" from us says more about us than the object itself.
9: Sometimes we misread unanticipated presences
10: Fasting/feasting. Hunger/abundance.
11: The Lamb of God had an affinity for every lamb, ewe & ram
12: Lost sheep, lost drachmas, with mothers & wives losing out
13: We all know those who must glean from the left-overs
14: What do we do when we feel our efforts have been fruitless?
15: The so-called Last Supper was not his last
16: What happened to the Sower can happen to you

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