Jeremy Seifert, a member of Pasadena Mennonite church in southern California (whose pastor is Sojourners co-founder Joe Roos) has produced an award-winning film titled Dive! Yep. It’s on dumpster-diving.
One could preach volumes on charity and justice using this film. Even the trailer raises excellent questions about the ancient biblical practice of gleaning. The custom of allowing the poor to follow the reapers in the field and glean the extras as illustrated in Ruth 2:2-23. This custom dates back to one of the earliet agricultural laws of the Hebrews (Lev 19:9; 23:22; Dt 24:19-21). Breaking this law was a punishable offense. However, was a practice of generosity or of justice or both?
Check out the trailer below.
(And now read Ryan Beiler’s excellent 1996 article The Tao of Dumpster Diving.)