J. Dana Trent

J. Dana Trent, an ordained Baptist minister, is the author of For Sabbath’s Sake: Embracing Your Need for Rest, Worship, and Community. She teaches world religions at Wake Technical Community College and blogs at jdanatrent.com.

On Shrove Tuesday 2010, I ate my last piece of golden, delicious sausage while listening to “When the Saints Go Marching In.” A Lenten practice of consuming no meat unfolded, followed by a turkey-less Thanksgiving, and an Advent with rice and beans. There were two reasons for my going cold turkey as a vegetarian: survival in an interfaith marriage to a devout Hindu, and a spiritual exploration of what it might mean to practice nonviolence and environmental sustainability as a Christian vegetarian.
February 17, 2015