April 29, 2007
Guest – Sara Spoonheim
Courtesy Toward the Earth
Spoonheim is the Program & Development Director for Faith in Place.
Faith in Place gives religious people the tools to become good stewards
of the earth. Since 1999, they have helped more than 200 Illinois
congregations – Baha'i, Buddhist, Christian, Hindu, Jewish, Muslim,
Sikh, Unitarian, and Zoroastrian – promote clean energy and sustainable
With the help of the Environmental Leadership Program's Activity Fund, Sara
created The Good Loaf, an organic bread line which earns income for
Faith in Place while promoting its mission. With organic challah and
communion bread (plus whole wheat farm bread, sour dough, multigrain and
more), The Good Loaf builds support for sustainable farming within the
religious community. Previously, Sara developed nationally- acclaimed
sustainable housing for low-income Montana families at homeWORD.
She has a B.A. in Economics and Government from Connecticut College
(1995) and Masters degrees in theology and community development from
North Park Theological Seminary (2004). She serves on her church council
at Resurrection Lutheran Church in Chicago, and was instrumental in
helping her church become the first church in Chicago to go solar.
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