Food, Glorious Food: The Eucharist & Your Foodshed

June 18, 2012 - June 24, 2012


Glorious food–sacrament, commodity, both or neither? If most of us do not produce our own food, what is our relationship to the food web and our foodshed? If being at table is a core sacrament for most religions, as it is for the Christian Eucharist, what is its relationship to the foodshed? Is there a Eucharistic vision of the natural world that intersects agribusiness? What does Eucharist mean if God is a gardener, we are tillers and keepers and the world is hungry? The anchor book for the week is Norman Wirzba’s newest book, Food and Faith.

SAVE THE DATE: June 17-23, 2013 A Desert Faith for a Desert Time

Instructor (s):

Norman Wirzba is a research professor of theology, ecology and rural life at Duke Divinity School. His research and teaching interests are the intersections of theology, philosophy, ecology and agrarian and environmental studies. He is the author of “The Paradise of God: Renewing Religion in an Ecological Age,” “Living the Sabbath: Discovering the Rhythms of Rest and Delight” and “Food and Faith: A Theology of Eating.” “Food and Faith” will be the anchor book for the week.

Melanie Harris is Assistant Professor of Religion and Ethics at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Texas where she teaches in the areas of Christian Social Ethics, Womanist Religious Thought, African American Literature and Religion, and Media and Religion. Author of the book Gifts of Virtue: Alice Walker and Womanist Ethics. Dr. Harris’s scholarship provides insight into ethical theory and by uplifting the moral practices and values of women. A former broadcast journalist, Dr. Harris worked as a television news producer and news writer for ABC, CBS and NBC news affiliates in Atlanta and Denver. She combines her experience in communications to lead workshops on church leadership and spiritual direction, and facilitates consultations engaging race, religion and pedagogy. An accomplished singer, Dr. Harris uses her classical vocal training to promote, multi-faith dialogue, compassion, peace and justice and preaches throughout the country as an ordained minister in the African Methodist Episcopal Church. Dr. Harris received her Doctor of Philosophy degree and Master’s of Philosophy degree from Union Theological Seminary in New York City. She holds a Masters of Divinity degree from Iliff School of theology in Denver, Colorado and a Bachelors of Arts degree from Spelman College in Atlanta, GA.

Larry Rasmussen is Reinhold Niebuhr Professor Emeritus, Union Theological Seminary. He is the organizer of Ghost Ranch’s decade project on Earth-honoring Faith and author of the award-winning volume “Earth Community, Earth Ethics.”

Janet Walton is professor of Worship and the Arts, Union Theological Seminary, New York. Professor Janet Walton, graduated from Catholic University with the B.M. in 1967, and received the M.M. from Indiana University in 1971 and the Ed.D. from Columbia University in 1979. She is a past President of the North American Academy of Liturgy (1995-7), a Henry Luce Fellow in Theology and the Arts (1998) and the 2003 recipient of the American Academy of Religion Excellence in Teaching award. Professor Walton is a Roman Catholic and a member of the Sisters of the Holy Names, a congregation of catholic women.

Her publications include four books, “Worship and Art: A Vital Connection”, “Sacred Sound and Social Change”, co edited with Lawrence Hoffman, “Women at Worship: Interpretations of North American Diversity” co edited with Marjorie Procter-Smith and “Feminist Liturgy: A Matter of Justice” and many articles. The most recent articles include perspectives on hymnody, women’s ritual music, and active participation by congregations in worship. Presently she is co-editing a book entitled “New and Borrowed Rite”s and beginning the research on a book entitled, “Imagination, Improvisation and Imperialism”.

Professor Walton’s teaching addresses varied aspects of congregational worship: its traditions, history, practices and emerging forms. In her research she focuses on the arts in worship, feminist perspectives and other marginalized people’s contributions to worshiping communities. As part of her teaching, Professor Walton invites artists from the city to join her both on campus and in their studios. Whether with Ralph Lee, puppeteer and theater director, Chris Wink of Blue Man Group, dancers in training at Juilliard, she provides many opportunities for students to work with artists to learn about skills of performance and aspects of creative processes that they can apply to their leadership of worship.

“Dr. Walton is recognized as a seminal thinker on worship and the arts, liturgy, performance, and the integration of feminist, womanist, and mujerista concerns related to worship. Not only has she also taught and published in these areas, but she has been influential in encouraging others to explore this inter-disciplinary field of study. In addition, she has worked for nearly three decades as an ecumenically sensitive teacher and scholar who has
encouraged ecumenical and inter-faith dialogue.” Dr. Judith Kubicki, President North American Academy of Liturgy

Jay Harris With a culinary education from the Arts Institute’s International Culinary school and a Masters of Business from the University of Maryland, chef Jay has had a well learned and practiced history in professional kitchens. While working with several small and large catering organizations within Colorado, Jay has learned to implement the correct cooking techniques and methods to get the most out of food. Along with these skills, Jay Harris leverages his many years working with personal trainers and nutritionist to produce great meal that are good for you. It is his talent and dedication to cooking methods and healthy eating that allows him to be a great personal chef for health conscious and athletes alike.

Week(s) 06/18/2012 – 06/24/2012

Instructor(s) Jay Harris;Melanie Harris;Troy Messenger;Larry Rasmussen;Norman Wirzba Need more info? Call us at (505) 685 – 4333 ext 4152

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