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Food: The Pathway to The Soul
By Pastor Robert Munro

Welcome to The Humanitarian Church! Our Mission is to introduce the Whole Food Plant Based Diet to impoverished, unhealthy communities throughout the world, to provide freedom from illness, oppression via dependency on the medical community, and cease the consumption of animal products to honor the commandment, “THOU SHALT NOT KILL.” 

On a regular basis, we drive up to the New England Produce Center in Chelsea Massachusetts, on the north side of Boston, and purchase several thousand pounds of fresh fruits and vegetables. The Produce Companies that supply us with so much food, do so at dramatic discounts because they know we give the food away at no charge to so many families. We regularly buy 4,000 pounds,(two tons), of real food at very reasonable prices, less than half of what a supermarket charges, so how can we not buy everything we can carry? 

The Humanitarian Church has two school buses that have had the seats removed, so that they can carry and deliver produce to families in the South Shore of Massachusetts, Cape Cod, and Rhode Island. After many years assisting a charity in Boston, we found that supplementing a household’s food supply with produce was helpful in many ways, but people were only supplementing their diet with vegetables, and not foregoing meat, and was thus not far-reaching enough. As such, we developed a food program intended to introduce the Whole Food Plant Based Diet to families, to assist in developing more vegan households.

Many a day the buses are so loaded, the steering wheel seems like it is floating! There is nothing like having tons of veggies in the bus; it is elating! It’s also a great workout. The buses are not the height of the loading dock, so every case is loaded by hand. It is then brought back to the Church office and unloaded.

To get the best price possible, often some of the produce is damaged. So, before we can give it away, all of the cases and bags must be opened, examined, cleaned up, and separated for delivery. Then it is stored overnight, and reloaded in the morning for delivery. Many folks that live near the office come and pick up the produce, which saves us a great deal of time, and many of those folks take extra to bring to other households.

But here is what is remarkable. We have found that by inundating a household with a hundred plus pounds of produce, and informing them of ways to prepare certain foods, they eat it!!! And since we bring so much produce, they stop buying processed foods and meats. What we’ve also found, that is truly remarkable…..after 40 days of eating only produce, the families are healthier and happier. There is less friction in the household, and the children are doing better in school.  But, greater yet, is the transformation that takes place in approximately 60 days. The families report that they have a new or renewed faith and connection with God.

This is why we run our food program. Once they have the awakening, the likelihood of them staying strong and committed to this lifestyle, is greater because they have obtained Faith, greater than any other reason we can share with them. Much more important than their own health. And that is why we do it. To open their mind, body and soul to veganism and the Whole Food Plant Based Diet, and then let the Lord our God take over from there. And it works, it really does. Last year we weekly fed over 150 families back to health, and increased their spirituality. 

And the side benefit is the introduction of many types of produce not readily available in local markets, like lemon grass for instance, and exotics too, like star fruit; who can afford that by the case? And avocados, lots and lots of avocados…and this list goes on. When we score big at the market, it is like a miner striking gold. Eureka!!! 

Our Motto:

“Vegan for life: ours and theirs.” Ours, living without illness and disease, honoring Our Lord and His creation, and saving the environment we all live in. Theirs, because animals want to live, just like us, and do not want to be dinner, and should never be abused. 

I subscribe to Norval J. Huskey’s vegan proclamation in The Vegan Bible: The Vegan Guide to the Holy Scriptures. As strict vegans, we promote being vegan as a way of life and as the path to heaven. We believe firmly that the commandment “Thou shalt not kill” literally means thou shalt not kill. Therefore, killing animals for any purpose, and that includes consuming animal protein, is a sin. God’s creatures are good, and are not made to be subservient to us in any way. We have chosen to give our lives in the service of Our Lord to end the oppression of animals.

About the Humanitarian Church:

If you are traveling on I 90 through Central New York, stop by The Humanitarian Church, built in 1821 and recently consecrated by Reverend Frank Hoffman (All-Creatures.org) as The Saint Francis of Assisi Parish of The Humanitarian Church. It has a beautiful sanctuary, complete with an altar, organ, piano, choir balcony, and seating for 120. The Church provides Sunday Vegan Worship Service, wedding and reception services, baptismal and furry friend blessings, and funeral services for both furry family members and humans alike. 

I  provide spiritual support to all vegans and animal activists, whom I see as vegan missionaries. The function hall doubles as a conversion lecture hall for pre-vegans and a location for showing documentaries. The kitchen provides an ideal location for preparing plant-based meals and serves as a vegan cooking facility for events.

Sunday Vegan Mass and Worship Service is every Sunday at 10:00am EST, and also broadcast live to Facebook: The Saint Francis of Assisi Parish of The Humanitarian Church Page and to Pastor Rob Munro’s YouTube Live. All previous Services archived at Pastor Rob Munro Facebook.

Whether it be a prayer for a sick or injured creature, a ceremonial blessing or funeral, we stand ready and committed to all of God’s Creatures.

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Pastor Rob Munro with Dr. T. Colin Campbell at Cornell University

Being certified by Cornell University’s Nutritional Studies Program, via Dr. T. Colin Campbell’s Whole Food Plant Based Diet, we educate the community on proper foods to consume; to cure diabetes type 2, reverse heart disease, stop the progression of 70% of cancers, and avoid 80% of chronic illness.

Publisher’s Note:  Dr. T. Colin Campbell, PhD has been dedicated to the science of human health for more than 60 years. His primary focus is on the association between diet and disease, particularly cancer.  He is largely known for the China Study–one of the most comprehensive studies of health and nutrition ever conducted, and recognized by The New York Times as the “Grand Prix of epidemiology.  He is the founder of the T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies and the online Plant-Based Nutrition Certificate in partnership with eCornell.

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Lisa Levinson (Director of In Defense of Animals) with Judy Carman (Peace to all Beings) interview Pastor Rob Munro. (Join Vegan Spirituality Online Gatherings with Lisa and Judy on the second Thursday of every month, 5 p.m. – 6 p.m. PT (8 p.m. – 9 p.m. ET) by phone or online: http://bit.ly/2ffNWGU)

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2 Responses to “Food: The Pathway to The Soul”

  1. Keñneth odhiambo Ndong'a
    January 3rd, 2022 @ 6:02 am

    Am avegan from Kenya and interested to join the church so what can be done please.

  2. Racine
    January 5th, 2022 @ 9:10 pm

    Publisher’s response: Thank you very much Keñneth Odhiambo Ndong’ for your interest and question. I am awaiting a response.

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