Warner Pacific College to Explore Faith and Food Ethics in Portland with Author Dr. Norman Wirzba
PORTLAND, OR—February 22, 2013— Warner Pacific College in conjunction with Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon's Interfaith Food and Farms Partnership (IFFP) and other sponsors, welcomes author, Dr. Norman Wirzba to present a lecture and discussion titled, Making Peace with the Land: Shaping Food Ethics, on Friday, March 15th, 2013 from 7:00-9:00 p.m.
LOCATION: Schlatter Chapel on the Mt. Tabor Campus of Warner Pacific College
2219 SE 68th Avenue, Portland
$10 suggested donation, register at www.emoregon.org
The lecture and discussion are part of a larger Food Ethics Conference, organized by IFFP and the sponsors listed below. The conference continues Saturday, March 16, at Willamette University. More information about the conference can be found at Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon (www.emoregon.org).
As Research Professor of Theology, Ecology, and Rural Life at Duke Divinity School, Norman Wirzba explores 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.
Derek Moyer, Adjunct Professor of Humanities at Warner Pacific College, directs a First Year Learning Community called, Food Carts, Farms, and Freddy's: Thinking about Eating in Portland. His cohort of students spent time reading Dr. Wirzba's work in the fall semester and will continue that reading this spring.
"We are looking forward to the opportunity to sit down with Dr. Wirzba, a leading voice in emerging conversations about theology and eating," said Moyer. "His work has helped shape our thinking about what it means to eat well in our context at Warner Pacific College, and how our commitment to a Christ-centered liberal arts education should inform our eating and food practices. We are excited to explore these questions more deeply with Dr. Wirzba."
The public is welcome to attend this unique event but space is limited. Those interested in attending are encouraged to reserve their space by visiting the Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon website at www.emoregon.org. The event is presented by Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon's Interfaith Food and Farms Partnership and was made possible in part by a grant from Oregon Humanities (OH), a statewide nonprofit organization and an independent affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, which funds OH's grant program. It is co-sponsored by, Willamette University, Warner Pacific College, Presbyterian Hunger Program, and World Hunger Program of the Evangelical Church in America.
Dr. Wirzba is the author of The Paradise of God: Renewing Religion in an Ecological Age, Making Peace with the Land and Living the Sabbath: Discovering the Rhythms of Rest and Delight. He has also edited several books including The Essential Agrarian Reader: The Future of Culture, Community, 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.