The Spirituality of Eating: Joining Food, Faith, and the Life of the World

Featuring Dr. Norman Wirzba, Duke University School of Divinity

Date & Time:

Thursday, October 4, 2018
7:15 PM - 8:45 PM



Free and open to the public.


McNeely Hall Great Room (MCH 100)

University of St. Thomas, St. Paul Campus

Food and the fellowship of the table captures one of the most important features of our common humanity and the desire for community. And yet, at the same time, so many of the circumstances surrounding the production and processing of food remain hidden or obscure in our imaginations. As Christians committed to the common good, turning our attention to one of the most universal features of our common dignity – the meal and its ethical significance – serves as the focus for this evening’s lecture and conversation. Please join us in reflecting with Dr. Norman Wirzba on “The Spirituality of Eating: Joining Food, Faith, and the Life of the World." We are also honored to have James Ennis, director of Catholic Rural Life, and John Mesko, executive director for Midwest Organic and Sustainable Education Service (MOSES), with us to offer commentary.  

DR. WIRZBA pursues research and teaching interests at the intersections of theology, philosophy, ecology, and agrarian and environmental studies. He lectures frequently in Canada and the United States. His work focuses on understanding and promoting practices that can equip both rural and urban church communities to be more faithful and responsible members of creation. Current research is centered on a recovery of the doctrine of creation and a restatement of humanity in terms of its creaturely life.

Professor Wirzba has published The Paradise of God: Renewing Religion in an Ecological Age and Living the Sabbath: Discovering the Rhythms of Rest and Delight. His most recent books are Way of Love: Recovering the Heart of ChristianityFrom Nature to Creation: A Christian Vision for Understanding and Loving Our World, Food and Faith: A Theology of Eating, and (with Fred Bahnson) Making Peace with the Land: God’s Call to Reconcile with Creation. He also has edited several books, including The Essential Agrarian Reader: The Future of Culture, Community, and the Land and The Art of the Commonplace: The Agrarian Essays of Wendell Berry.

Professor Wirzba serves as general editor for the book series Culture of the Land: A Series in the New Agrarianism, published by the University Press of Kentucky and is co-founder and executive committee member of the Society for Continental Philosophy and Theology.

All programs offered by the University of St. Thomas shall be readily accessible to individuals with disabilities. For details, call (651) 962-6315.