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Black Church Food Security Network: CTSA Pre-Conference Event with Rev. Dr. Heber Brown III

Thursday, June 13, 2024

Baltimore, Maryland

Registration Cost: $63.00 Per Person*


The Decolonizing Catholic Theology Interest Group cordially invites CTSA members to a pre-conference event with the Executive Director of the Black Church Food Security Network, Rev. Dr. Heber Brown III. Rev. Dr. Brown began the Black Church Food Security Network after stepping down from his 14-year role as pastor of the Pleasant Hope Baptist Church in Baltimore, MD in 2015. The network was founded in the wake of the Freddie Gray Uprisings and works to connect Black churches across the U.S. and their gardens with Black farmers to create local Black-owned food systems. In this pre-conference event, CTSA members will receive a guided tour of the Pleasant Hope Baptist Church garden and engage in a conversation with Rev. Dr Heber Brown about his work with the Food Security Network. In light of this year’s theme of social salvation, the focus of this event on food security and farming aims to show how the social implications of salvation (theosis and deification) might require a reorientation to the land, especially for those who are the descendants of African enslaved persons that were once forced into involuntary, extractive, and violent relationships with land.      


10:45-11:00am                   Gather in hotel lobby to prepare for departure, Renaissance Baltimore Harbor Place Hotel

11:00- 11:25am                 Departure and travel to Pleasant Hope Baptist Church

11:30-12: 15pn                  Tour of Pleasant Hope Baptist Church Food Security Network Garden

12:15-1:20pm                     Conversation with Dr. Heber Brown, Executive Director of the Black Food Security Network

1:20-1:30                             Departure

2:00pm                                 Arrival, Renaissance Baltimore Harbor Place Hotel

Boxed Lunch Options, Provided by Chef Bobby D’s Restaurant

If you need a vegan, vegetarian, non- Dairy or gluten free option please indicate your dietary concern on the CTSA convention registration form.

Select sandwiches and/or wraps:

Chicken Salad Sandwich

Chicken & Avocado Wrap

Spicy BBQ Chicken Wrap

Turkey Bacon Sandwich

Avocado B.L.T. Sandwich

Turkey Bacon Wrap

Veggie Wrap

Select dessert:



Select drink:


Diet Coke


Diet Sprite

Bottled Water

*Register for the tour via the CTSA 2024 Convention Registration form found at  Note that limited seats are available for the tour and will be sold on a first come first serve basis.  

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