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The Big Picture magazine | Issue 07



The Big Picture magazine Issue 07: Food and Place

Gerard Manley Hopkins famously wrote that Christ plays in ten thousand places. Public Theology is of little use if it does not enter into that play in every area of life.

This issue of the magazine explores Food and Place, and in it you will find, among others, articles on why we need to rediscover the importance of place today; the interconnection of land, food and worship in the Old Testament; church life in an African township; the challenges and promise of humanitarian aid and service in Haiti; Michael Shipster’s recounting and reflection on his recent Ukrainian journey; the importance of community meals in welcoming refugees; the cultural etiquette and profound hospitality of cross-cultural eating; loving where you live; the gift of food that is in season; wine and its place at a Christian table; and a conversation between friends from different cultures and continents about fellowship and food.

The Big Picture magazine aims to embody and express the myriad ways in which Christ plays in all of life: In people, in art, in places, in nature, in politics, in food, in music, in literature, in film, in sport, and in countless other places. Of course we are all different and we live in different countries and places, and thus the way in which Christ plays in our lives will be different. Unlike most magazines which are written by others for us, we invite all members of our community and beyond, to write for TBP. As you discover how Christ is playing in your life, your family, your city, your country, we invite you to contribute short pieces, poetry, music, art, photographs, etc. As we do this together we will see from our differences how a huge view of Christ emerges, and how he is at work in so many different ways.