Adult Education

The Sabbath Poetry of Wendell Berry

As a novelist, poet, environmentalist and farmer, Wendell Berry is well known for his scathing critiques of the industrial economy and corporate agriculture, as well as his support for ecologically sustainable farming. Much less well known is his four-decades-long spiritual practice of writing poetry inspired by his experience of Sabbath. Berry’s poetry and his Sabbath practice offer a glimpse into the spiritual heart of his agricultural and intellectual endeavors. Joelle Hathaway is an assistant professor of theological studies at Bethany Theological Seminary in Richmond, Indiana. In her research and teaching, she examines the intersections among Christian theology, the arts, ecology and the built environment.

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