For the Beauty of the Earth

Exploring the Gifts of Food, Faith, and Community

February 1-2, 2018


Keynote Speakers:

Mary Berry

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, The Berry Center

Norman Wirzba

PROFESSOR OF THEOLOGY AND ECOLOGY, Duke Divinity School


CALL FOR STUDENT RESEARCH

We invite student research and artistic interpretations on the theme of food, faith, and community. Food is the basis for shared human life, and the quality and availability of food has always been associated with religious expressions of gratitude and community. The environment is essential for good food, just as the practices of food production and distribution are necessary for justice. We encourage student submissions in the categories of scientic research related to food, environment, and community (essays or posters), research essays on policies, practices, history, theology or philosophy, and literary or artistic interpretations of the theme. Submissions will be received until January 20, 2018. A $100 prize will be awarded for each category Thursday, Feb. 1 at the conclusion of Mary Berry’s presentation.

 

SUGGESTED TOPICS

Policy, Politics, Religion, Psychology, Philosophy

  • Description of the values of a good community
  • Challenges or threats to good community and proposed responses
  • The relation of food, environment, or education to thriving communities
  • Political challenges to community growth and life
  • The role of faith and service in building community
  • Roots of community life in religious practices and texts

Art and Literature

  • Illustrations of the beauty of community – food, faith, environment
  • Wendell Berry’s vision of community – local, agrarian, purposeful
  • Practices and texts inspired by good food, faith, and community
  • Community life around the world
  • Artists and writers exploring the gifts of food, faith, and community

Social and Physical Science

  • The physical and psychological bene ts of good food, environment, and community
  • Environmental and social threats to food, environment, community
  • Aspects of sustainable agriculture,food production, animal husbandry
  • Recovering or restoring community life through scientic understanding

This conference is sponsored by the Center For Christian Discernment. Please direct communication to Roger Ward at Roger_Ward@georgetowncollege.edu.

 

Register Online Here

 


Church and Academy speakers

Summary: 

Mary Berry

Executive Director, The Berry Center

Norman Wirzba

Professor of Theology and Ecology, Duke Divinity School

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