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Food, Faith and Farming Panel Discussion
Wednesday, June 13
The Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine
Hosted by Bishop Sisk, with Fred Kirschenmann, Norman Wirzba, and Kristin Kimball
Over the past years, there has been a growing movement to support locally grown products and sustainable food practices. But what does this have to do with our faith? Join us for a panel discussion as we explore topics including: why what we eat matters for God’s Creation, why locally grown, sustainable food is a justice issue, and how to appreciate eating as a spiritual discipline.
About the panelists
Fred Kirschenmann is longtime national and international leader in sustainable agriculture, he shares an appointment as Distinguished Fellow for the Leopold Center and as President of Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture in Pocantico Hills, Westchester, New York. He also continues to manage his family's 2,600-acre certified organic farm in south central North Dakota. He is a professor in the ISU Department of Religion and Philosophy and holds a doctorate in philosophy from the University of Chicago. In April 2010, Kirschenmann's essays were published , Cultivating an Ecological Conscience: Essays from a Farmer Philosopher, that trace the evolution of his ecological and farming philosophy over the past 30 years.
Norman Wirzba pursues research and teaching interests at the intersections of theology, philosophy, ecology, and agrarian and environmental studies. In particular, he focuses on understanding and promoting practices that will equip both rural and urban church communities to be more faithful and responsible members of creation. Current projects focus on eating as a spiritual discipline, theological reflection as informed by place, and agrarianism as a viable and comprehensive cultural force. Dr. 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 book is Food and Faith: A Theology of Eating.
Contact: the Rev. Stephanie Johnson
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