Our speaker for the Kalos 2013 lectures was Dr. Norman Wirzba, who is Research Professor of Theology, Ecology, and Rural Life at Duke Divinity School. He obtained his BA at the University of Lethridge in Alberta, his MA at Yale University Divinity School, a second MA and his PhD at Loyola University Chicago.
Norman Wirzba is interested in 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.”
His most recent book is Food and Faith: A Theology of Eating, which will be the focus of his conversations at the conference to be held October 11-12, 2013. His insightful and challenging book will call Christians to live a life of membership in God’s created world. Wirzba writes,
“It is hard to imagine an important human event that does not involve eating. Birthdays, weddings, major accomplishments and funerals require eating because the sharing of food is the sharing of life with each other. Today’s industrial culture tempts us to think that food is simply fuel or a commodity we need to keep us going through our schedules.
“But our own experience and desire teach us that is not right. Deep down we know that food is fellowship. When we eat together we share so much more than calories or grams of fat. We share in each other’s joy, pain, struggle and hope…God wants us to share food with each other because in doing that we share God’s love.”