FORUM2021 Sacred Food ~ Blessed Earth

Interfaith Prayer Service 

ONLINE September 9, 2021 10am-2pm ET

An international gathering of powerful Indigenous and religious leaders, farmers, activists, organizers, scientists, doctors, scholars, musicians – all coming together to explore the ancient, respectful and regenerative ways of farming practices and our spiritual relationship to food by focusing on the Earth as an interconnected web of life.
In solidarity with other NGO’s offering a strong critique of the fall UN Food Summit, FORUM2021 explores the potential of local regenerative agriculture, highlights the growing organic farming movement and offers an interfaith moral call to redressing the harm caused by agribusiness, the industrialization of the world’s food production system.
FORUM2021 is a call to all spiritual and religious leaders and activists for a return to local, biodiverse organic food systems which regenerate soil, water and biodiversity while providing healthy sustenance for all.
A moral and spiritual voice is essential in the transition away from the industrialized, fossil fuel and chemical intensive, global agriculture system which is degrading our Earth, contributing to the climate crisis and to the extinction of species, as well as creating severe health issues for all living beings.

International Speakers, Prayer Contributors, Musicians presenting:

Rev. Jim Antal, Dr. Michael Bos, Rev. J. Elise Brown PhD, Imam Saffet Catovic, Samir Chatterjee, HE Trungram Gyalwa Rinpoche, Steve Gorn, Edgar Hayes, Clayton Harvey, Dr. Tyrone B. Hayes, Lyla June, Rev. Susan Hendershot, Prof. Ephraim Isaac, Chief Arvol Looking Horse, Eda Zavala Lopez, Chief Oren Lyons, Kathryn Manga, The Marble Choir, Marble Community Gospel Choir, Dame Prof. Meher Master Moos, Dr. Daphne Miller, Shani Mink, Darcy Neill, Leah Penniman, Grandmother Mona Polacca, Ann Rader, Dr. Vandana Shiva, Pandit Shukla Ji, Adelita San Vicente Tello, Mary Evelyn Tucker PhD, Rev. Dr. John H. Vaughn, Chris Wang, Daniel Wanjama

Support local farmers, support your health, protect the Earth

Presented by the Temple of Understanding in collaboration with Marble Collegiate Church

FORUM2021 Sacred Food ~ Blessed Earth

Thursday September 9th, 2021

10:00am- 2:15pm ET


10:00am Opening Prayer & Welcome

Chief Arvol Looking Horse, 19th Generation Keeper of the Sacred White Buffalo Calf Pipe Bundle for the Great Sioux Nation.


10:02am Welcome from the Temple of Understanding

Chris Wang, Temple of Understanding Board Member


10:04am Welcome to the FORUM2021

Dr. Michael Bos, Senior Minister, Marble Collegiate Church


10:07am Chief Oren Lyons Keynote Address

Chief Oren Lyons , Faithkeeper of the Turtle Clan, Member Chief of the Onondaga Council of Chiefs and the Grand Council of the Iroquois Confederacy, the Haudenosaunee Peoples.


10:22am Dr. Vandana Shiva Keynote Address

Reclaiming Ancient Wisdom to Protect Our Future

Dr. Vandana Shiva, Founder, Navdanya Research Foundation for Science, Technology and Ecology (India) and President of Navdanya International. World-renowned environmental thinker, activist, feminist, philosopher of science, writer and science policy advocate.


10:40am Dr. Vandana Shiva & Lyla June Dialogue: Reclaiming Ancient Wisdom to Protect Our Future

Lyla June, Indigenous musician, scholar and community organizer of Diné (Navajo), Tsétsêhéstâhese (Cheyenne) and European lineages.


10:57am International Activists on Regenerative Farming Panel

Darcy Neill, (Moderator), Temple of Understanding Board Member

Kathryn Manga, Project Coordinator, Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas (Peasant Movement of the Philippines, Philippines

Adelita San Vicente Tello, Director of Primary Sector & Renewable Natural Resources, Ministry of Environment & Natural Resources, Mexico

Daniel Wanjama, Coordinator, Seed Saver Network, Kenya


11:27am Scientists on the Impact of Industrialized Agriculture Dialogue

Dr. Tyrone Hayes, Professor of Integrative Biology, University of California, Berkeley.

Dr. Daphne Miller, Clinical Professor at the University of California San Francisco, and Research Scientist at the University of California Berkeley School of Public Health.


11:48am Faith-Based Farming in the United States Panel

Rev. Susan Hendershot, (Moderator), Interfaith Power & Light, USA

Edgar Hayes & Ann Rader, Freedom Farm Community NY

Clayton Harvey, Ndée Bikíyaa (Peoples’ Farm), AZ

Shani Mink, Jewish Farmer Network, NC

Leah Penniman, Soul Fire Farm, NY


12:20pm Sacred Food from an Interfaith Perspective

Rev. Jim Antal, Denominational leader, climate activist, author and public theologian. Special Advisor on Climate Justice to the General Minister and President of the United Church of Christ.

Mary Evelyn Tucker, Yale Forum on Religion and Ecology, Yale School of the Environment and Yale Divinity School


12:54pm Grandmother Mona Polacca, The Sacred Way

Hopi/Havasupai/Tewa elder. She is the Chair of the InternationalCouncil of the 13 Indigenous Grandmothers


Interfaith Prayer Service

1:18pm Opening Prayer: Chief Arvol Looking Horse

1:20pm Imam Saffet Catovic

1:24pm The Marble Choir

1:27pm Prof. Ephraim Isaac

1:31pm Dame Prof. Meher Master Moos

1:35pm Eda Zavala Lopez

1:40pm Rev. Dr. John H. Vaughn

1:45pm HE Trungram Gyalwa Rinpoche

1:48pm Samir Chatterjee & Steve Gorn

1:58pm Pandit Shukla Ji

2:00pm Lyla June

2:04pm Grandmother Mona Polacca

2:08pm Rev. J. Elise Brown, PhD

2:10pm Marble Community Gospel Choir

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