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Baker, Writer, and Public Theologian
Learn to bake bread as a spiritual practice.
From God’s provision of manna in the wilderness to Jesus’ miraculous multiplication of loaves, bread functions throughout scripture as a sign of God’s presence and provision. In this Bake & Pray workshop, you will learn the ins-and-outs of bread baking, unlocking the spiritual parallels woven into each loaf and discovering how to meet God with your hands in dough.
Edible Theology founder Kendall Vanderslice trained in baking and pastry at top restaurants and bakeries along the East Coast. Rushing from work to church each Sunday, she reflected on the connection between the dough that clung to her hands and wrists and the bread blessed and broken in communion.
Blending baking science and technique with theological reflection, Kendall will teach you how to incorporate bread making into the rhythms of your busy life. Whether you are a lifelong baker or intimidated by the thought of yeast, you’ll step away from this workshop with a practical understanding of how to bake bread and a deep appreciation for the ways God can shape you in the process.
LIMITED CAPACITY, IN-PERSON ONLY EVENT (12 participants per class)
Note: Bake & Pray is being offered TWICE – Friday, November 19 AND Saturday, November 20 at 9 AM. Please register for only ONE of the classes as space is limited.
What to Bring
Please bring your own 3-5-quart mixing bowl! All other ingredients and supplies will be provided.
We recommend wearing clothes you are comfortable baking in; an apron is certainly welcome.
Kendall Vanderslice is a baker, writer, and public theologian. A graduate of Duke Divinity School (Master of Theological Studies), Boston University (MLA Gastronomy), and Wheaton College (BA Anthropology), she has committed her life to the study of food and community formation. Kendall is a professionally trained baker, having learned from several top American pastry chefs. In 2018, she was named a James Beard Foundation national scholar for her work bridging food and religion.
She is the author of We Will Feast: Rethinking Dinner, Worship, and the Community of God, born out of five years spent researching churches that worship together around the table. She speaks regularly at churches, colleges, and universities around North America. Her writing appears in Christianity Today, Christian Century, Faith & Leadership, and Religion News Service. Learn more about Kendall at www.Kendallvanderslice.com and www.edibletheology.com.