I was educated in music, religious studies, Germanic studies, and theology at Indiana University, the University of Hamburg (Germany), and Emory University. With my wife Cyndi and our young children (Eva, Clare, and Elijah), I founded, live on and run on Genesis Organic Farm, a small-scale fruit and vegetable market farm  in southern Indiana.  We live in a solar- and wind-powered home we designed and built ourselves.  I also have some non-farm employment. I am the full-time director of graduate lay degree programs and spiritual formation for Saint Meinrad, a Benedictine monastery and school of theology. I also cantor and direct music at my small rural parish, and I write essays and a regular column for America magazine, the national Jesuit weekly.  My writing and speaking mainly concern the intersection of simple living, ecology and Christian spirituality, and I recently published a book with Ave Maria Press concerning these themes, entitled A Time to Plant: Life Lessons in Work, Prayer, and Dirt.  Recently, I was trained as a Catholic Climate Ambassador for the Catholic Coalition on Climate Change; as an Ambassador, I give talks on the Catholic Church’s teaching on climate change.


2 Responses to About

  1. Mike Oles says:

    Hi Chris….my name is Mike Oles and I just heard about you and your farm through a YTI alumni newsletter. I was at YTI in 1995. I live in Indianapolis and help lead a community of methodists and other troublemakers. anyways, just wanted to introduce myself and i hope to see your farm some day. thanks.

  2. Srboljub Ubiparipovic says:

    Dear Mr. Kramer,

    Allow me to introduce myself: my name is Srboljub Ubiparipovic and I’m senior-assistant of Liturgics at Orthodox Faculty of Theology of the University of Belgrade (Serbia). I’m working currently on my doctoral thesis: “Bread and Wine as Eucharistic Sacrifice”.
    During my research-work, I have recently found and heard on the Internet Your breakout session from The 39th annual liturgy conference at the Notre Dame University with title: “Fruit of the Earth, Work of Human Hands: The Eucharist, Agriculture, and Ecological Responsibility”. It was very interesting and inspiring session, specially including the fact that I’m very interested in all aspects of understanding of the Eucharist (theological, historical, anthropological, ecological…).
    According to these facts, I would like to ask You: is there any chance to send me by an e-mail the written version of Your work in PDF-format or by the Post?
    Also, I would be greatly indebted to You if You could recommend some useful and precious titles and make some comments for that topic. It will be great honour for me to read Your opinion and Your statements concerning the already mentioned matter.

    I’m looking forward to Your answer and wish You and Your family all the best from God .

    With respect and love in Christ Jesus,

    Srboljub Ubiparipovic,
    Senior-Assistant of Liturgics
    Orthodox Faculty of Theology
    of the University of Belgrade,
    Mije Kovacevica 11b,
    11000 Belgrade, Serbia

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