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    Plough Quarterly No. 20: The Welcome Table

    Spring 2019


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    From the Editor

    From Farm to Feast If shared with radical hospitality, every meal is a taste of the feast to come.


    Streams in the Desert The early mortality rate is dropping steeply, and that’s justice. At the Welcome Table I Breaking bread around the world: Plough asked five friends in five places to share what hospitality looks and tastes like. At the Welcome Table II Breaking bread around the world: Plough asked five friends in five places to share what hospitality looks and tastes like.


    This Is My Body From the Last Supper to meals in immigrant detention centers, meals eaten in desperation end up being memorable. The Greatest Thing Since Sliced Bread Highly processed carbs can seem like an apt representation of human fallenness. The Ground of Hospitality Saint Phocas understood he would have to give himself to the land in return. Cows and Elephants Alongside wildlife, pastoralists and livestock have shaped the Kenyan landscape for centuries. How Shall We Farm? To the question, “How shall we farm?” must be added the question, “How shall we live?” The Necessity of Reverence Conversion is a grace, but we must cultivate a pilgrim’s eye for beauty. Feasting in Kurdistan Feasting in Kurdistan has made me reconsider the Last Supper. The Birthday Party at the End of the World South Sudan, Baltimore, and the lived realities of food insecurity.


    Cloth and Cup Then there’s the cup with / the stained crack. Your favorite. The Dead Breed Beauty Today, a falcon cruising above the river. / Dippers, pure grey, about the size of a dove, / splashing in and out of the water in bursts …


    Level The carpenter’s son is dying.


    What I Stand For Is What I Stand On What Wendell Berry stands on, quite literally, is dirt.

    Editors’ Picks

    Editors’ Picks Issue 20 Plough’s editors share their best reads of recent weeks.

    Family and Friends

    Family and Friends: Issue 20 News from Plough’s family and friends around the world.

    Another View

    Table Fellowship Sieger Köder’s interpretations of innocent suffering have a clarity born in his experience of war.

    Community Snapshot

    The Boy and the Bull It started out as a character-building exercise.


    Readers Respond: Issue 20 Letters to the editor: Public schools and the burden of student debt.

    Digging Deeper

    Digging Deeper: Issue 20 A list of books to stir the culinary soul


    Love Is Work Working together with others is the best way to test our faith.


    Beating the Big Dry An Australian cattle farm fights drought by reviving ancient landscapes. A Book to End All Walls An interview with Uk-Bae Lee, author of When Spring Comes to the DMZ.


    Why Yemen Starves The making of a modern famine Restoring a Creek Working with nature, the creek has rebounded and begin to show hints of what it must once have been like before European settlement.


    Edna Lewis Meet Edna Lewis, the chef, author, and activist who brought the Virginian home-cooking of her childhood to New York City.

    Covering the Cover

    Covering the Cover: The Welcome Table Artist Michael Naples painted the striking cover for the spring issue of Plough Quarterly – “The Welcome Table”.

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    front cover of Plough Quarterly 20, The Welcome Table

    About This Issue

    Food – how it’s grown, how it’s shared – makes us who we are. This issue traces the connections between farm and food, between humus and human. According to the first book of the Bible, tending the earth was humankind’s first task: “The Lord God planted a garden in Eden, in the east; and there he put the man whom he had formed” (Gen. 2:8). The desire to get one’s hands dirty raising one’s own food, then, doesn’t just come from modern romanticism, but is built into human nature.

    The title, “The Welcome Table,” comes from a spiritual first sung by enslaved African-Americans. The song refers to the Bible’s closing scene, the wedding feast of the Lamb described in the Book of Revelation, to which every race, tribe, and tongue are invited. To those who composed the song, the welcome table must have seemed a remote dream. But it was also a promise – a divine pledge of a day of freedom and freely shared plenty, of earth renewed and humanity restored. In the case of food, the symbol is the substance. Every meal, if shared generously and with radical hospitality, is already now a taste of the feast to come.