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.
FORUM2021 Sacred Food ~ Blessed Earth explores 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.
FORUM2021 Sacred Food ~ Blessed Earth
ONLINE September 9, 2021 10:00am-1:30pm ET
Presented by the Temple of Understanding in collaboration with Marble Collegiate Church
#Support local farmers, support your health, protect the Earth
FORUM2021 Program Schedule
Chief Arvol Looking Horse Opening Prayer & Welcome
Chief Arvol Looking Horse, 19th Generation Keeper of the Sacred White Buffalo Calf Pipe Bundle for the Great Sioux Nation.
Welcome from the Temple of Understanding, Chris Wang, Temple of Understanding Board Member
Welcome from Marble Collegiate Church, Dr. Michael Bos, Senior Minister
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.
Dr. Vandana Shiva: 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.
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.
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
Adelita San Vicente Tello, Director of Primary Sector & Renewable Natural Resources, Ministry of Environment & Natural Resources, Mexico
Daniel Wanjama, Coordinator, Seed Saver Network, Kenya
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.
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
Sacred Food from an Interfaith Perspective Dialogue
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, Senior Lecturer & Research Scholar, Yale University, School of Forestry and Environmental Studies and Divinity School, Department of Religious Studies.
Global Interfaith Prayer Service
Prayers and Offerings: