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Monday, November 13, 2006

Food security and walls: Eliseo Perez-Alvarez

Dr. Eliseo Perez-Alvarez of the Lutheran Seminary Program in the Southwest explains how food is a major way of excluding or including marginalized people in the global community.

The interview was recorded after a visit to the Luther Haus, a museum in the former monastery where Martin Luther and his wife Katie lived in Wittenberg. There was a fascinating display on Katie's household management that followed the old mosastic tradition -- allowing the Luther household to be almost entirely food-sufficient.

Eliseo's presentation about food security in Mexico following the North American Free Trade Agreement was titled "The Tortilla Curtain: War on the Table of the Poor."


Blogger Sue Edison-Swift said...

Greetings, Ben! I'm coming to read your blog postings late in process, but this is a case of "better late than never." I am of an age when I don't remember the Berlin Wall being built, but I certainly remember the images and jubilation of the wall coming down. It was a spiritual moment for me. The wall seemed so permanent, so immoveable, that I didn't even think to pray for it to come down.

Fast forward to recent years when I made my first trip to Berlin and saw the wall's remnants for myself. I bought a little piece of the wall at a Checkpoint Charlie gift shop. To me it's a symbol of hope and a reminder that with God all things are possible.

I can't imagine anyone alive to witness the fall of the Berlin Wall could ever think of building a wall elsewhere. But it seems I have a serious lack of imagination. I look forward to learning more from the group's experience.


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Blogger Clint said...

Great blog, Ben. Thank you for this!

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Blogger Kerygma said...

Thanks for this great blog... The ELCA Metro DC Senior High Youth event (Dec.1-3) is focusing on the theme of breaking down barriers. This site is a great resource for the sermons I'm writing for that weekend!

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