What Others Are Saying

“As a young adult in a period of discernment and transition it was very helpful to spend time around folks doing the good work I aspire to do and hear their honest struggles, challenges and insight. I left with practical advice and more spiritual groundedness and connection related to this work.”

– Adella Barrett, 2015 course participant and theology student


“If you are looking for an intensive workshop on ecological theology and practice that integrates ‘seminary, sanctuary, streets and soil,’ I highly recommend this 5 day program. I really enjoyed co-facilitating with Fred Bahnson last year, and the great crew that gathered in Asheville.  This is one of the premier opportunities to deepen and broaden your commitment to food justice and sustainability in a gospel context.”

Ched Myers, founder of Bartimaeus Cooperative Ministries and faculty member for the 2014 course on “Sabbath Economics and Watershed Discipleship”


“I highly recommend WFU School of Divinity’s Food, Faith, and Religious Leadership Initiative, particularly their annual Wake Forest Food & Faith Intensive course in Asheville. The Church constantly talks about wellness, both corporate and individual. Unfortunately we don’t necessarily practice what we preach, or we compartmentalize our spiritual and physical life.  Most of us would agree that whole-local-organic food is better for us than processed food. This course will help you understand a holistic, spiritual and agrarian dimension.  And, you will get dirty!”

– Brian Sellers-Petersen, Senior Advisor to the President, Episcopal Relief & Development


“I’m at the very beginning of my food, faith, and justice journey, and last week solidified my calling into this area. I am grateful to have met so many people who love God and God’s people and have dedicated their lives to food and environmental justice.”

– Cathy Nieng, 2015 course participant


“In Bristol SW England, we seek to encourage urban sustainability through organizing environmental arts events, talks and courses with a particular focus on food and farming ethics. We found the Wake Forest Food & Faith Intensive course incredibly inspiring and informative with a fantastic balance of class discussion and field trips. It was also a huge blessing to meet such a wonderful group of people with shared interests and passions and be able to encourage one another on this journey. Loved the course and highly recommend it!”

– Pip and Will Campbell-Clause, Bristol UK


“This was the course I had been seeking—without knowing what I was looking for—for the last twenty years of my life. It was deeply inspiring and caused me to re-think my life and ministry in profound ways. I am very grateful.”

– The Rev. Nurya Love Parish, participant in 2014 and Course Chaplain for 2015


“I was deeply nourished and challenged by the confluence of content: daily meditation and reflection, in-depth Bible study, Watershed Discipleship exploration and Permaculture Design tours. Interacting with clergy, lay practitioners,skilled leaders and passionate teachers made for a week of joyous discovery. I recommend this experience for anyone seeking to ground their applied creation care work in the heart  of God’s Word, God’s people and God’s hope.”

– Greg Bowman, Formerly: Executive Director, Goodness Grows, North Lima OH
Currently: MA in Practical Theology student, Ashland Seminary, Ashland OH, exploring pastoral ministry in preaching and missional gardening


“Who thought a week could have the impact of a much longer program?  The Wake Forest Food & Faith Intensive summer program did just that–excellent colleagues and presenters; an organic network that can continue to build the local, regional, and global initiatives to help spirituality and sustainability find cultural impacts; and a diverse community to fill the spirit and share gifts over good food, music, reflection, learning, and project planning.  Being with Fred Bahnson and the group, those of us who find our heart’s callings at the edges–of church, of schools, of community building, of the undiscovered territories–experienced a blazing center.  I left with my spirit filled, strategies in place, and supportive relationships available to keep up the good work.  Wake Forest, Fred Bahnson, and colleagues are doing God’s work.  Come and see!”

– James Jenkins, M.Div student at Yale Divinity School and founder of annual Nourish New Haven conference


“This course was a vital part of my awakening to the connections between human healing and restoring the earth.  Before the course I had never given much consideration to dirt, but now I see it as sacred soil–our teacher and guide and sustainer.  My faith has been immeasurably deepened by my growing awareness of the true miracle of food.”

– Rev. Lynn Michie, Chaplain at Swannanoa Correction Center for Women


“I attended the Faith and Food intensive at Warren Wilson in June 2013. This institute was a deeply enriching experience that covered the practical aspects of sustainable farming, community building and organizing efforts but, just as important, through Fred Bahnson, Dean O’Day and other scholars, provided a theological platform as a much-needed dimension to this difficult work of deepening the alliance between sustainable agriculture, healthy/clean food systems and local communities and churches. While the grasp was toward a universal and global consciousness around these issues, there was never a time throughout the week when you weren’t also aware of the implications for your local community and work contexts.”

– James M. Goodmann, Associate Director, The Beecken Center at the School of Theology, Sewanee: the University of the South


“I am in full gratitude to the Lord for placing such passionate, giving, loving, and mindful individuals together to share their knowledge in this course. There is a precious value in genuine relationships that seek a greater good, while honoring the humbling process to get there. This leadership course unites people from all over the world to inspire and ignite the fire from within. Thank you, team.”

– Joy Williams, Program Associate with Partners in Health and Wholeness, NC Council of Churches


“Wake Forest’s conference on watershed discipleship was a call experience for me: laying out a vision; building community, equipping for action and all this has helped to ignite a watershed stewardship movement in our community involving churches, schools and local government.”

– Rev. Stuart Taylor, Pastor of Elkin Presbyterian Church, Elkin, NC