LIFE/IFL offering: The Eden Gleaning Project

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Date/Time

Date(s) - 08/18/2022
6:30 am - 6:00 pm

Dates:
August 18-19
(Thursday in Indiana/ Friday in St. Louis)

  • Day 1: Food Waste and Gleaning
    • Thursday, 6:30 am Central – 6:00 pm Central:
      • We will drive to farms in Vincennes Indiana. The program starts in Indiana at 11:00 Eastern. You may meet us in Vincennes or caravan from St. Louis
  • Day 2: Food Insecurity and Produce Distribution
    • Friday, 9:00 am – 1:00 pm Central:
      • Meet at Eden for a discussion before taking produce to area food ministries.

Description:
The Eden Gleaning Project gleans thousands of pounds of produce that is distributed to food ministries in the St. Louis region. This IFL engages 2 days of synchronous learning as well as advance preparation and a final reflection: Day 1: (Vincennes, Indiana) glean potatoes and sweet corn in Vincennes Indiana, followed by a discussion on the biblical understanding of gleaning and modern-day forms of gleaning. Day 2: (St. Louis) Class includes a discussion about food deserts and food insecurities in the St. Louis region and a time to distribute the gleaned produce to the St. Louis area food ministries.

Cost:  $100

About our leaders:

Professor Kristen J. Leslie, Ph.D., Professor of Pastoral Theology and Care at Eden Seminary, is a feminist pastoral theologian whose research areas include sexualized violence, homelessness, and food insecurity. An ordained United Methodist minister, she has served as a parish pastor, a college chaplain, a pastoral counselor, a rape counselor and seminary professor. Dr. Leslie serves on the Core Committee for St Louis Winter Outreach and is the co-director of the Eden Gleaning and Garden Project.

Rev. Karen Pepmeier, Eden MDiv ’21, Hospital Chaplain and Co-Director of the Eden Gleaning and Garden Project. Rev. Pepmeier grew up on a farm in Knox County, Indiana where she experienced the generosity of the farming community, the love of her UCC church community, and the great amounts of food waste that happen.