FOOD: dynamic weekly speakers

Every Wednesday of Lent, we will be offering a different speaker that centers on the theme of food at 7 p.m. Register today!  

  • March 4: Dan FLowers, Akron Canton REgional FoodBank

    The Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank was formed in 1982 by a group of community leaders who made a commitment to provide emergency food to our neighbors in need. Today, the Foodbank provides food and other essential items to member hunger-relief programs in eight Northeast Ohio counties: Carroll, Holmes, Medina, Portage, Stark, Summit, Tuscarawas and Wayne. These member programs operate nearly 500 food pantries, hot meal sites, shelters and other hunger-relief programs in the neighborhoods and communities where people need food.

  • March 11: Rev. Mary Kate Buchanan

    "The Spirituality of Baking" 

    Mary Kate is a familiar face to many of us: She grew up right here at First Congregational Church of Hudson. After high school, she graduated from Furman University, and then went on to Princeton Theological Seminary, where she received her Master of Divinity in May 2019. She was ordained in our sanctuary in June 2019. She now serves as an associate minister at Plymouth Congregational Church in Des Moines, Iowa, as part of the United Church of Christ's Transition into Ministry program. "The Spirituality of Baking" will be a hands-on session full of cookie decorating and lessons about how baking impacts our faith. 

  • March 18: Brandon Chrostowski

    Edwins Leadership Institute & Restaurant

    Brandon Edwin Chrostowski is on a mission to change the face of re-entry after prison in America. In 2007, he founded EDWINS Leadership & Restaurant Institute, with the belief that every human being, regardless of their past, has the right to a fair and equal future. Under Chrostowski’s leadership, EDWINS has grown to include culinary education and life skills mentorship at its flagship Cleveland restaurant and Second Chance Life Skills Center, a program at Grafton Correctional Institute, and curriculum for inmates of all 30 Ohio prisons. 

    A trained chef and sommelier, Chrostowski has worked at some of the finest restaurants in Paris, New York, and Chicago. He’s earned dozens of awards including CNN Heroes, Crain’s 40 under 40, and is the subject of the Academy Award- nominated documentary“Knife Skills.”

  • March 25: Rev. Carl Wallace

    Abundant Life Farm

    The Reverend Dr. Carl P. Wallace is currently the Chief Operating Officer of Abundant Life Farm, a non-profit entity whose mission is teaching how to love our earth through agricultural innovation and conservation. 


    Dr. Wallace has served as a consultant for the non-profit International Institute of Akron that “welcomes new Americans and helps them make our community their home.”  He most recently served as the Interim Chief Diversity Officer for the University of Akron and the Senior Pastor of Trinity United Church of Christ (UCC) in Akron, Ohio. Under his pastoral leadership, Trinity UCC adopted the motto of: “At the Heart of the Community with the Community at its Heart.”  The church family sought to live out its motto through a number of community based ministries and was the recipient of the Natural Resources Conservation Service’s and Congresswoman Marcia Fudge’s initial grant in Summit County to build a seasonal high tunnel to address the issue of urban food deserts and access to affordable quality foods.


  • April 1: Rabbi Susan Stone

    "Kosher eating" 

    Rabbi Susan Stone is currently the Director of Spiritual Care at Hillcrest Hospital in Mayfield Heights, Ohio. She will give an overview of traditional Jewish dietary practices, their Biblical origins and Rabbinic elaborations, and theories as to why they are so important to Jewish life.