On March 25, 2021 Come to the Table hosted the third session of our 2021 School for Food Justice, Faith, and Storytelling (SFJFS). Faith leaders from across North Carolina participated in this session, which was held virtually and facilitated by Ruby Pinto and Kiara Nagel of the Center for Story-based Strategy.
The session began with a review of the elements of story — including conflict, characters, imagery, foreshadowing, and underlying assumptions — before splitting the participants into groups where they shared a one-minute story about hunger in their communities and were able to receive feedback on how the story resonated with the listeners. Participants then watched an ad together and were able to practice their narrative media analysis skills through breaking down the ad into its story elements. The goal of this exercise was to empower participants to be able to break down messages around hunger and offer alternatives to problematic narratives.
The 2021 School for Food Justice, Faith, and Storytelling cohort will continue to meet virtually once a month through July of 2021. Future SFJFS sessions will focus on systemic issues within the food system, a theology of hunger, policy advocacy around hunger relief, and creative solutions that churches can undertake in regard to hunger.
Applications are closed for the 2021 SFJFS. Stay tuned for information about future cohorts and join the RAFI-USA email list to learn about upcoming application rounds. If you are interested in learning more about the SFJFS, contact Michelle Osborne at [email protected].