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CMU Co-hosts Germinating Conversations Series

October 15, 2012  – On October 15, 2012, the second event in the Germinating Conversations series on Food, Faith, Eating and the City will be hosted in Winnipeg by a partnership of Canadian Mennonite University, the Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) Manitoba Peace Program, and A Rocha Prairie Canada.

The conversations invite growers and eaters to the table to listen to one another, and are intended to help bridge divides among people of faith. The desire is to promote an understanding of how land stewardship and food ethics are understood in both urban and rural contexts. Following the first converstation in Winkler in spring, this event will focus on perspectives of urban eaters and attempt to address challenging food issues such as satisfying food desires, contradictions seen in consumer practices, and how Christian faith impacts the selection and preparation of food.

“As farmers’ markets expand and the interest in “eating local” surges, there remains a tension between those who grow food and those who eat it,” says CMU Instructor Kenton Lobe, one of the event organizers. “Germinating Conversations explores what it means for people of faith to eat. How does one’s understanding of food as a gift from God impact daily decisions in the supermarket and in our kitchens?”

The public is invited to hear what five urban dwellers from different walks of life have to say about their food choices. Free to the public, the event will be held in the CMU Great Hall at 7:00 p.m., 500 Shaftesbury Blvd., Winnipeg.

A previous Germinating Conversations event, held in Winkler, MB on March 21, explored the perspectives of rural food growers.

For event information, contact Kenton Lobe at