Tom Kirby on prayerful community gardening
25 July 2013 - 10:44am
I've been trying to learn how to pray, beyond just speaking/writing my frustrations, appreciation, hopes, and questions to God, but trying to act them out as big and practical as I can. One good way I have found to do this involves community gardening, in our case: taking over areas of wasteground/urban desert, and working with as many of our neighbours as possible to turn them into productive and beautiful food gardens.
To God and anyone else who is listening: "We want to be able to provide for our community without exploiting anyone or relying on an economic system that will happily steal food and land from those with little economic power". "We want to carefully learn about, enjoy, and care for our local ecosystems, and we recognise that we are part of them.". "We don't want anyone to be lonely or isolated, but all to have the chance to regularly eat/share food together". "We want everyone to have the chance to join in with meaningful, and fulfilling work". "We want to join, and express solidarity with, the billions of small-scale food producers who feed most of the world's people (however loud the big agribusiness lobby is)". "We want our housing estate to experience more food sovereignty, instead of being entirely dependent on supermarkets that are only here because they can currently extract a profit from us". "We want our relationships with each other, our land, and with God, to all grow in health, understanding, and love". "Give us this day our daily bread". "Thank you for our food!"
-Tom Kirby, Edinburgh SPEAK, and Granton Community Gardeners (http://www.facebook.com/grantoncommunitygardeners)
This Vocal Training SPEAK will be making a visit to a community gardens which is run by a Church for the vulnerable and the homeless. We will be gathering together to pray for the land and those involved with the projects. We will be helping out and hearing amazing stories of their journeys. Please register you place for Vocal Training here