Rev. Dr. Heber Brown, III Finds Inspiration in Father Divine’s Peace Mission Movement
Rev. Dr. Heber Brown, III explores how the Peace Mission Movement informs the Black Church Food Security Network.
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July 29, 2020
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In an article published July 21, 2020 on the faith+leader, “Food As The Front Door: Father Divine, The Peace Mission Movement & Radical Ministry For Our Time,” Rev. Dr. Heber Brown, III explores the Peace Mission Movement, founded by Reverent Major J. Divine and how the movement informs the Black Church Food Security Network.

Below is an excerpt:

The spirit of the Peace Mission Movement provided inspiration to a ministry that I established in 2015 called the Black Church Food Security Network. Launched in the midst of the Baltimore Uprising, which erupted after the death of Freddie Gray at the hands of police, we strategically link Black Churches and Black Farmers to create a Black-led food system rooted in justice and communal self-determination. We do this by helping congregations to start gardens on their land and by organizing miniature farmers markets inside churches on days when they worship. The markets feature Black farmers and food business owners. In addition to the garden and markets, we are preparing to start delivering produce boxes for subscription from Black farmers later this Fall.

Read more at faith+leader: Food As The Front Door: Father Divine, The Peace Mission Movement & Radical Ministry For Our Time


This summer we’re decreasing dependence on an unjust food system by organizing what’s in our hands to build the system that we need. Help us meet our goals of promoting gardening, patronizing black farmers, and practicing emergency food storage by donating to our Faith, Food, and Freedom Summer campaign. Any amount helps. Donate today!

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