Vicar's Letter January 2016
THE DIOCESE OF CHESTER is taking as its theme for Social Concern in 2016 the issue of FOOD… its production, use, waste – and all the many issues involved with what we eat, how we eat and its theological implications within the Gospel of sharing with others and feeding those in need. You will see on our banner we here at St Philip and St James will be including the Rural services, involving ourselves in a Lent challenge to live on £1 a day as many people have to (or less) and although it will be temporary for us hopefully it will engender conversations of what eating and food is about. Our Lent course will be focussing on that this year.
Food waste has become an issue… the Fairtrade movement progresses but it is not a dominant feature of our shopping habits… Farm prices and particularly milk prices in the Dairy Industry…Fast food and levels of sugar and other pervasive additives… Eating to live or living to eat, as obesity increasingly becomes a heavy burden on the medical services with its health implications – generally an unhealthy attitude to FOOD MATTERS which we hope to stir up in ourselves and in others throughout this coming year.
We are not going to solve the world’s problems in this area, nor the nation’s either - but perhaps by giving time to address our own attitudes and our own pre-conceived ideas and habits we can make a difference to our own health and well-being and that of our community…. because FOOD MATTERS!
Revd Jane Parry