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FOOD FIGHT CONFERENCE PLENARY 1 - Finberg & panelists Union, fasted like Isaiah told him to do, to shame the growers and others of good conscience and faith to join, and they did. I had the privilege of calling his granddaughter, Christine Chavez, a friend. She was the first ever farm worker outreach coordinator at the US Department of Agriculture. If that’s not a testament to how cool things can be in the United States, with all of the mess, I don’t know what is. That’s fairness. Fellowship We talked about food; that’s where we started. We talked about famine. But then we went to foraging and discussed the biblical safety net. We talked about fasting. We talked about feasting, then fairness, and now fellowship. Let’s read on the Last Supper in Luke 22: Then came the day of Unleavened Bread on which the Passover lamb had to be sacrificed. Jesus sent Peter and John, saying, “Go and make preparations for us to eat the Passover.” “Where do you want us to prepare for it?” they asked. He replied, “As you enter the city, a man carrying a jar of water will meet you. Follow him to the house that he enters, and say to the owner of the house, ‘The Teacher asks: Where is the guest room, where I may eat the Passover with my disciples?’ He will show you a large upper room, all furnished. Make preparations there.” . . . [They did it; then Jesus starts them off saying] “I have eagerly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer. For I tell you, I will not eat it again until it finds fulfillment in the kingdom of God.” [Until that supper described in Revelation, the fellowship meal with our Savior for all of us throughout all of history who will have eternal life] After taking the cup, he gave thanks and said, “Take this and divide it among you. For I tell you I will not drink again of the fruit of the vine until the kingdom of God comes.” And he took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body given for you; do this [and when you do it, whenever you come together in table fellowship, remember me, says Jesus]. (Luke 22:7–14, 15b–19a) So, the true meaning behind food with the symbolism, whatever the culture, whatever the cuisine; there’s always something there. I’m so excited to spend today in the midst of a food fight with you, digging a little deeper. What’s the meaning of food in 2015 in Portland, Oregon, in the United States, in the world? And we’ll touch on some of those issues in the panel that’s coming 17