A NOTE FROM STEVE
As I think about Heather and Jaynie's presentation on Food & Faith, I am reminded that the Seventh-Day Adventists have an unusually high life expectancy--ten years longer than that of the average American. Much of this is accounted for in the lifestyle and diet of Seventh-Day Adventists--a plant-based diet with little-to-no consumption of meat, alcohol, or coffee; regular and purposeful intervals of Sabbath-rest; and the support of close-knit community.
Heading into the holiday season--a period of time in which we traditionally consume an abundance of food; often very sugary food with a significant amount of meat--I'm inspired by Heather and Jaynie's words to be intentional in the way that we eat. Several chapters of the Book of Acts (e.g. chapters 2, 10, 11, 15, 21) engaged debate about what was appropriate to eat, and who it was appropriate to eat with. I come away inspired to deliberately "welcome the stranger" to my table, but to also be conscious of how the food that is put on the table affects those who might be strangers to me--their wages, their work conditions,