Shown above is one member of Siloam’s Board of Directors- Keith Meador, speaker- Dr. Wirzba, and the Siloam Institute’s Director- Dr. Wills. Click on the photo or here for the opportunity to listen to the lecture!
Rachel Davis blogs…
Sunday, April 29th, as a social work student at Belmont, I had the privilege of attending the Institute’s inaugural spring lecture entitled “Faithful Eating: A Matter of Life and Death.” Our distinguished speaker for the evening was Dr. Norman Wirzba, Research Professor of Theology, Ecology, and Rural Life at Duke Divinity School. The event brought together some of Nashville’s most experienced community health advocates, academicians, and professionals interested in the topics of good food — and good eating – as they are essential to human life and health. It was wonderful to be surrounded by 120 distinguished individuals united around such pressing issues!
The evening began with the conviction that for us to eat, something else/another must die – even if only a plant. What a powerful thought! In all God’s creation, why did he make it so that we must eat? It’s our most intimate interaction with the world. As we ingest the nourishment for our bodies, it becomes a part of us. Through food, we are in fellowship with others, in which we have the opportunity to honor the world, workers, producers, and the food itself! God has given us the gift of nourishment and health, but how has that transitioned into the food commodity system that is so focused on efficiency as it exists now? In gift giving, we are able to give ourselves to others to appreciate. So how do we adequately love our loved ones, yet let them live lives that could kill them? What messages are we sending out in allowing our world to function this way- what is the meaning?
It’s plausible to say that this thought-provoking lecture could change lives. But what can we do to take a step in the right direction? And for that, there is no right answer other than just to start something! By something, almost anything could have a positive impact: get to know who or what is producing your food – knowledge is power; learn more about community supported agriculture (CSA) in your area; and finally practice hospitality in the mindset of providing others with the gifts of nurturing, healing, and mindfulness!
Below are pictures from the event.