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Faithful Witness: Creative Writing and Social Change

8:30am - 2:30pmSt. Timothy's Episcopal Church, Winston-Salem


Faithful Witness: Creative Writing and Social Change

In this writing workshop writers Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove and Fred Bahnson will explore ideas of soil and sacrament, tapping into stories to recover a sense of the world as holy and worthy of our care. In a stimulating blend of journaling, writing prompts, brainstorming, and discussion, we will use creative nonfiction to investigate our personal relationships to food and food security. Only by telling our own stories of the changing world, and imagining new stories, can we create a future in which we honor the earth and its offerings. We’ll discover fun and self-revealing ways to tell these stories. The class will be both personal discovery as well as an inquiry into ways to carry the message beyond your own notebooks. You will leave inspired, more dedicated to your work, and in possession of a toolbox for incorporating writing into your faith and social justice work.


Regular $50
Student and Scholarship Rate* $25
Lunch included.

* A small number of need-based scholarships are available. To qualify, you must be someone working at the intersection of food & faith. See registration form for more details.


Registration has been closed. For more information or to inquire about registration, contact Fred Bahnson.

About the Presenters

Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove is a celebrated spiritual writer and sought-after speaker. A native of North Carolina, he is a graduate of Eastern University and Duke Divinity School. In 2003, Jonathan and his wife Leah founded the Rutba House, a house of hospitality where the formerly homeless are welcomed into a community that eats, prays, and shares life together. Jonathan directs the School for Conversion, a nonprofit that has grown out of the life of Rutba House to pursue beloved community with kids in their neighborhood, through classes in North Carolina prisons, and in community-based education around the country. Jonathan is also an Associate Minister at the historically black St. Johns Missionary Baptist Church. Jonathan is a co-complier of the celebrated Common Prayer: A Liturgy for Ordinary Radicals, and is the author of several books on Christian spirituality, including The Awakening of Hope, The Wisdom of Stability, and The New Monasticism. An evangelical Christian who connects with the broad spiritual tradition and its monastic witnesses, Jonathan is a leader in the New Monasticism movement. He speaks often about emerging Christianity.

Fred Bahnson directs the Food, Faith, & Religious Leadership Initiative. He is the author of Soil and Sacrament: A Spiritual Memoir of Food and Faith (Simon & Schuster) and co-author of Making Peace With the Land: God’s Call to Reconcile With Creation (InterVarsity). His narrative journalism and essays have appeared widely including Oxford American, Image, Orion, The Sun, Christian Century, and the anthologies Best American Spiritual Writing (Houghton Mifflin), Wendell Berry and Religion(University Press of Kentucky), and State of the World 2011—Innovations that Nourish the Planet (Norton). His writing has received a number of grants and awards, including a William Raney scholarship in nonfiction at Bread Loaf Writers Conference, an Award of Excellence from the Associated Church Press, a Kellogg Food & Community fellowship at the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy, and a North Carolina Artist fellowship in creative nonfiction from the NC Arts Council. In addition to his writing, Bahnson is an experienced permaculture gardener. The co-founder of Anathoth Community Garden in Cedar Grove, NC, he has practiced and taught regenerative agriculture for the past ten years.

Contact Information

Fred Bahnson | Director, Food, Faith, and Religious Leadership Initiative