Magazine article Sojourners Magazine

Short Takes

Magazine article Sojourners Magazine

Short Takes

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FIVE qUESTIONS FOR...

Katerina Friesen

Bio: Katerina Friesen is studying theology and peace studies at Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary in Elkhart, Ind.

1How would you describe your cur- rent vocational role? I see my role as both revaluing what has been cast down and degraded and building resilient com- munities. So far this has taken shape through land-based ministries of farm- ing and community gardening, inviting people to work together and celebrate the sacramental in soil, food, and one another.

2you spent several years with the Abundant Table Farm Project in Santa Paula, Calif. Can you describe the project and your role there? The Abundant Table Farm Project is a work- ing farm and young adult internship program that has evolved into a Christian community. I joined the project in 2009 and lived in community with four other women. My daily work of farming gave me a bodily understanding of farm work- ers' labor and the need for justice and wholeness in our incredibly disconnected food system.

3What is unique to the theology of farming-particularly for women farmers? Women are growing in the field of agriculture in the U.S., especially at the margins of the industrial food sys- tem, and they're doing farming in a very different way. Many talk about their labor as a form of love. Their theology of love is not some abstract idea; it's an embodied force that feeds them in their struggle for justice, since their work brings them into tension with the dominant food system as well as with patriarchy. …

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