Food reveals much about our Christian story of salvation. In Stations of the Banquet, Cathy Campbell focuses on a little-explored dimension of our faiththe story of salvation as a food narrative. She provides guidance for individuals and parishes engaged in living out the food and justice challenges of the Gospel.
Similar in function to the traditional Stations of the Cross, each of the fourteen "stations of the banquet" considers a dimension of the Christian story of salvation and includes litanies for community prayer. Stations of the Banquet is an invitation to become refreshed, nourished, and challenged at the feet of the one who came as the Bread of Life and invites us all to the fullness of the Banquet.
Chapters are PrologueSong of the Universe, In the Beginning . . . Food, Hear the Cries of My People,' I Am the Bread of Life, Table Etiquette 1: LoveI Was Hungry and You Gave Me Bread, Table Etiquette 2: HospitalityInvite Everyone to the Banquet, Table Etiquette 3: EconomicsWhere Your Treasure Is, It Is Impossible, My Cup Overflows, Let Justice Roll Down Like Water, Abide in Me as I in You, The Banquet, Your Kingdom Come, End NoteEighth Day of Creation, The Stations As Communal Prayer, and Community Food Security.
Cathy C. Campbell, PhD, is an Anglican priest serving in the Diocese of Rupert's Land, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. She has a keen interest in exploring ways for individuals and parishes to live out the food and justice dimensions of the Gospel.
The Rev. Dr. Campbell presents a wonderful series of spiritual blessings and challenges in Stations of the Banquet. In Interweaving the rich testimony of scripture and theologians, she engages the reader to ask the serious questions of personal and communal responsibility about the basic needs of the poor, especially nourishment. The ritual components of her Stations also offer creative and refreshing, pastoral opportunities for communal prayer and reflection. This book is a significant contribution of pastoral theology and praxis.
Mary Margaret Pazdan, Professor of Biblical Studies, Aquinas Institute of Theology, St. Louis, Missouri
How refreshing it is to read a book that brings together social concerns, biblical and pastoral theology, spirituality, mission, and liturgy. Such good joined-up Christian thinking is to be greatly welcomed.
. . . the work is successful in showing how the language of faith can inspire and transform commitments, reshape imaginations and sustain constructive action.
. . . will nourish communal study, public worship and personal meditation.
The United Church Observer
Food activists sometimes burn out and contemplatives are often content with inner journeys. Cathy Campbell's biblical reflections unite the qualities of Martha, the food activist, and her sister Mary, the contemplative, in a spiritual passion for justicea feast at the table of God. . . . The book provides spiritual nourishment for food activists, justice-seekers, and parish education programs.
Richard A. Hoehn, Bread for the World Institute, Washington, D.C.
. . . a masterful job of enlightening the reader on the spiritual dimensions of the real-world problem of food insecurity. Her book could not be more timely, as thousands of congregations and tens of thousands of individuals involved in the difficult daily work of feeding the hungry yearn for a deeper spiritual understanding of the problem and their work addressing it. As an academic researcher who has studied domestic food insecurity and hunger for the past 18 years and as a person of faith, I found the book to be deeply moving and spiritually satisfying. I feel blessed to have had the opportunity to read and reflect on Stations of the Banquet and encourage others to share in this blessing.
Christine M. Olson, PhD, RD, The Hazel E. Reed Human Ecology Extension Professor, Division of Nutritional Sciences, Cornell University
Campbell's Stations of the Banquet invites us to rebuild a sense of connectedness through food-centered spirituality, and in so doing, to build a foundation for food justice in the world. Stations of the Banquet is an invitationto us allto move out of our professional affiliations and to connect at a deeper level. Rather than remaining stuck in polarized positions, we can collectively move towards a new dimension of food justice, facilitated by the journey of reflection and ritual that Campbell offers us in her book.
Ellen Desjardins, Public Health Nutritionist, Waterloo, Canada
Campbell's book will be an invaluable reflection tool for all those who labor in the kitchen and at the table. It would be perfect for parishes as readings for a Lenten meager meals program. It is a tasty morsel and a bracing Christian antidote to the not-yet-dead but discredited theories of Malthus. Indeed, Christians involved in food ministry at all levels will be nourished by these reflections and delighted to join in the dance of Mary and Martha.
Here is a feast for soul and intellect. Stations of the Banquet is a richly textured, poetically written reflection on the Christian story and its significance for the world food crisis. This is biblical theology at its bestcalling for a radical transformation both of ourselves and our society. Cathy Campbell reclaims the public meaning of ancient texts from a merely privatized spirituality.
Bishop Michael Ingham, Vancouver, Canada
Campbell has given us much to ponder and much to pray about as persons and as faith communities.