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Farm to Altar Table Workshop

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Dominican Center at Marywood

2025 Fulton Street East

Grand Rapids, MI 49503

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“It’s a workshop rich with specific information and inspiration relevant to your personal life as well as to your community and beyond.” Coreen Walsh, Farm and Garden Director – Camp Stevens

The Rev. Elizabeth DeRuff

Join the Rev. Elizabeth DeRuff, Episcopal priest and heirloom wheat farmer. Her California ministry, Honoré Farm and Mill, is a national leader at the intersection of food and faith.

Rev. DeRuff developed the concept of congregationally-supported agriculture for heirloom grains to be used in communion bread. Her work helps the church understand our connections to both the farm and the altar table: through the enduring practice of holy communion. We are honored to host her on her first trip to west Michigan to expand this ministry to Plainsong Farm.

This workshop makes the connection between the bread on the altar table to what arises from the soil; linking farmers, farm practices and food-production practices to the communion bread we eat.

We'll move from the personal and practical to the communal and spiritual. Personally and practically speaking we'll learn about landrace and modern wheats, their nutrition value and why the staff of life is making some people sick (due to gluten issues).

Communally and spiritually we'll look at the impact of farming conventional wheat on the environment and some of the social and historical relationships between agriculture and the church. Spiritually, we'll discuss why Jesus asked us to remember him by sharing bread. What does that mean for our lives today?


Hosted in partnership with Access of West Michigan and the Dominican Center at Marywood.

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