By Kendall Vanderslice and Ann Boyd

Kendall Vanderslice: Edible Theology

"We are all created with a need for community, for intimacy, and for companionship." — Kendall Vanderslice

How can the simple act of eating together draw us more fully into relationship with God and community? Join us for this conversation with baker and writer Kendall Vanderslice as we discuss table fellowship, vocational discernment, and the joy of food.

Let me invite you into a conversation with Kendall Vanderslice — baker, writer, and public theologian. I first became aware of Kendall when I read of a bread-baking workshop in which she teaches participants to bake as a form of prayer. Workshops like these are one of the offerings from Edible Theology, an educational ministry founded by Kendall that connects the Communion table to tables we eat at every day. As I’ve explored Kendall’s work — including her new podcast, Kitchen Meditations, and her book about the dinner church movement — I’ve been challenged to think more deeply about the spiritual implications of eating and sharing good food — an activity that is near and dear to my heart. In our conversation, Kendall and I talk about life in academia, the gift of community, her thoughts on living life wholeheartedly as a single person — and yes, we get into a few recipes as well. So have a listen! We're so glad you're here.

— Ann Boyd

You can listen on iTunes or at All Shall Be Well: Conversations with Women in the Academy and Beyond. We hope you enjoy this conversation as much as we did.

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About the Author

Kendall Vanderslice is a baker and writer on the intersection of food and faith. She is a graduate of Wheaton College (BA Anthropology), Boston University (MLA Gastronomy), and Duke Divinity School (Master of Theological Studies). She writes for Christianity Today, Christ and Pop Culture, Religion News Service, and Faith & Leadership and is the author of We Will Feast: Rethinking Dinner, Worship, and the Community of God. Kendall lives in Durham, North Carolina with her big-eared beagle named Strudel. Find her on Instagram at Edible Theology Project and sign up for her monthly newsletter at


Ann is the Women Scholars and Professionals Podcast host and the interim editor for The Well. She has worked for InterVarsity Christian Fellowship since 1997, exploring her interests in community, spiritual formation, and writing. Ann has a BM in Music Education from Northwestern University and lives in Chicago, Illinois with one husband, two spunky teenage daughters, and three snuggly cats. You’ll often find Ann baking sweet treats in the kitchen while listening to a podcast or audiobook.

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