Retreat on Food, Feasting, and Fasting with Cliff Warner

Food plays an absolutely essential role in life. Therefore, it shouldn’t surprise us that food plays a deeply significant role in Scripture, from the first mention of fruit in the garden of Eden in Genesis to the Supper of the Lamb in Revelation, and countless intimate, pivotal, and symbolic places in between. Of the handful of petitions included in the “Lord’s Prayer,” provision for our “daily bread” ranks up there alongside requests for forgiveness and God’s will to be done. Apparently our relationship to food matters.

The rising preoccupation with food in western culture is impressive to say the least. Consider the relatively recent phenomenon of 24-hour food networks, celebrity chefs, cooking magazines, diet plans, award-winning documentaries, best-selling books, and the growing preference for all things organic, sustainable, and fair. In America, we possess greater knowledge about the science of food and nutrition than ever before, yet obesity-related illnesses are at an all-time high. Although we know more about exotic and international foods than our parents, we (most of us) spend far less time eating in the company of others.

With the help of some friends, we want to explore the place of food, meals, feasting (and fasting) from a Christian perspective. We hope you’ll bring a good appetite and join us.

Cliff Warner
Cliff is Rector of Christ Church in Austin, Texas where he and his wife, Christine, host public dinner conversations around themes of food, justice, beauty, community, hospitality and spirituality.

After completing theological studies at Regent College, Cliff served in ministry to migrant farmers and prison inmates with a church small-group ministry and on staff with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship at the University of Texas. Click here to learn more about Cliff.

Ashley Cleveland
Recording artist, winner of 3 Grammy Awards including 2008 for Best Rock Gospel Album(Before the Daylight’s Shot); Nashville, TN.  Click here for her website. 

Kenny Greenberg
Guitarist, producer, 2004 CMA Musician of the Year nominee; Nashville, TN.
Click here for Kenny’s website.


Meg Lowry Sack
Meg is a multi-talented artist from Austin, Texas. She brings a diverse array of artistic mediums to Laity, not limited to linoleum block printing, life drawing, glass and canvas painting.

Registration Fees
Lodge: $345
Black Bluff: $420
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Plan to arrive at Laity Lodge anytime after 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 17. The retreat will conclude Sunday, November 20 at 11:00 a.m., followed by brunch. Click here for directions and more info on how to prepare for your visit.