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Creative Experimentation
 
A Review of 
 

Sacred Habits: The Rise of the Creative Clergy
Chad Abbott

Paperback: Davies Group, 2016
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Reviewed by Jon Moore.
 
 
Reading Chad Abbott’s Sacred Habits: The Rise of the Creative Clergy reminded me of the deep and wondrous gatherings I was privileged to participate in during the time I was involved in campus ministry or attending seminary. Abbott invited a host of friends to each contribute one thematic chapter to Sacred Habits, and reading one voice after another, shifting from one topic to another, took me right back to those old Spirit-infused encounters with groups of old and new friends always ready to take even a casual conversation to deep and important places.

I am somewhat sad “writing a book review” wasn’t included in the list of Sacred Habits, but thankfully I can still be “a clergy rising from the ashes” (the title of Rev. Abbot’s concluding chapter).

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A Brief Review of Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson’s
THE FACE ON YOUR PLATE:
THE TRUTH ABOUT FOOD

Reviewed by Chad Abbott.

THE FACE ON YOUR PLATE:
THE TRUTH ABOUT FOOD

Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson.

Hardback: W.W. Norton, 2009.
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From the opening introduction and headlining title, author Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson demonstrates, in his new book The Face on Your Plate: The Truth about Food, a way of eating with compassion.  This text focuses on the origins and many faces behind the foods we consume and is both timely and insightful.  Building upon the tradition of Micahel Pollan’s The Omnivore’s Dilemma, and taking cues from his recent psychological research into the life of elephants in When Elephants Weep, we are challenged to begin “letting go of everything [we] have always believed or understood for a leap into the unknown.” Comparing it to the way some come into religious conversion, Masson suggests that the most logical answer to the suffering of animals and a more sustainable future to our food consumption is to take up a life of ahimsa, or non-violence, which for him ends in adopting a vegan lifestyle.

One of the unique factors of this text that sets it apart from similar books is that Masson comes to this task not only as a proponent of the food revolution, but also as a psychoanalyst. He sets the tone in his introduction for the rest of the book by suggesting that at the heart of consuming our meals everyday is the capacity for participating in violence or participating in compassion or empathy.  He speaks of his own journey and those of others who have made similar choices and compares them to much of what our culture teaches about the realities of animals and our food.  In the end, he sets out in this work to make the argument that killing animals for human consumption contributes to violence and does not take into account the enormous effect of suffering, not just on the animals themselves, but upon our environment and our human health.  Continue Reading…