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Aligning the way we eat with our values

UPDATE: See below to watch the presentations from these sessions.

The Rev. Dr. Christopher Carter delivers the 2023 Memorial Lecture Series Keynote address at St. Alban’s Episcopal Church in Washington, DC on April 22, 2023

How might you eat in ways that are in alignment with your social and theological values?

Earth Day 2023 is an especially appropriate time to consider that question with a discussion around ethical responses to food injustice. St. Alban’s Episcopal Church in Washington, DC will be hosting Methodist pastor and theologian the Rev. Dr. Christopher Carter who will keynote a daylong examination of Faith and Food: A Christian Ethical Response to Food Injustice on Saturday, April 22nd.

The event is free and open to all from all faiths (and those with no faith affiliation). You can register by clicking on the QR code in the poster below. If you can’t make it to DC, the event will be livestreamed.

I wrote a review of Christopher’s book The Spirit of Soul Food last fall, and I began by noting that while our food production system has been broken for a long time, many of us have only touched the surface of the problem and seldom in ways that reach across racial and class lines to address systemic issues. Thankfully, my lack of comprehension about an ethical response to food injustice and the impact of our broken production system on communities of color was brought home to me in Christopher’s book.

Christopher gives a short introduction to the program in this St. Alban’s video:

The Spirit of Soul Food: Race, Faith, and Food Justice merges a history of Black American foodways with a Christian ethical response to food injustice. Panelists will address public policy responses to the challenges of food injustice and the very personal issue of how to eat rightfully.

I’m honored to be moderating the “Shaping Public Policy to Promote Food Justice” panel which will feature Aysha Akhtar, MD, MPH, CEO of the Center for Contemporary Sciences; Pamela Hess, Executive Director of the Arcadia Center for Sustainable Food & Agriculture; and Danielle Nierenberg, President of Food Tank. 

As you can see in the poster below, there are a number of other outstanding speakers scheduled for the day.

Full disclosure: I am a member of the Endowed Memorial Lecture Series committee, the group responsible for bringing Christopher Carter to DC and for organizing the day’s events. More important disclosure: I am also very excited about this event!

I hope to see you there!

UPDATE: The morning and afternoon sessions have now been posted on the St. Alban’s parish YouTube channel, and I include them below. The Rev. Dr. Christopher Carter’s keynote address begins the morning session. Our policy panel which I moderated and which featured Dr. Aysha Akhtar, Pamela Hess, and Danielle Nierenberg, opens the afternoon session. These are posted as they were livestreamed.

Morning session featuring keynote address
DJB (left) moderating the Shaping Policy panel at the MLS program with (l to r) Danielle Nierenberg, Dr. Aysha Akhtar, and Pamela Hess
Afternoon sessions with the panels on policy and eating rightfully

More to come…


Photo by Anya Bell on Unsplash

This entry was posted in: The Times We Live In


I am David J. Brown (hence the DJB) and I originally created this personal blog more than ten years ago as a way to capture photos and memories from a family vacation. After the trip was over I simply continued writing. Over the years the blog has changed to have a more definite focus aligned with my interest in places that matter, reading well, roots music, and more. My professional background is as a national nonprofit leader with a four-decade record of growing and strengthening organizations at local, state, and national levels. This work has been driven by my passion for connecting people in thriving, sustainable, and vibrant communities.


  1. Laura Ingersoll says

    Love your “most important” disclaimer!!! Totally enjoy your blog — especially the ones with/about music! Laura

    • DJB says

      Thanks, Laura. Yes, I did want everyone to see how excited we are about this program! Thanks for reading! DJB

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