Mid-Winter Convocation 2019
Give Us This Day Our Daily Bread: Food, land, and sustainability
“The heavens tell of the glory of God,” but so many of us have lost the motivation and capacity to see God’s glory in all of creation. Ecological challenges infest every corner of society, and questions of how to care for creation—how to tend and steward all that God has created—often provoke sharp disagreements. Join us as we consider what it means to ask for our “daily bread” from the land and those who tend it. Along the way, we’ll explore food, sustainability, and how to engage each other across deep differences for the sake of all people and all places.
schedule of events
- 8:00: Registration and Check-In
- 9:00: Chapel
- 9:45: Break
- 10:15: Welcome
- 10:30: Feasting in Paradise: Early Christian Meals, Our World's Hunger, and the Tree of Life with Barbara Rossing
- 11:30: Lunch (provided)
- 12:30: Workshop Introductions
- 1:30: Ecowomanism: Earth Justice in Our Time with Melanie Harris
- 2:30: Break
- 3:00: Workshop I
- 4:00: Workshop II
- 5:00 Resource Fair
Barbara RossingProfessor of New Testament at Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago
Feasting in Paradise: Early Christian Meals, Our World’s Hunger, and the Tree of Life
The tables of thanksgiving in the New Testament overturn the tables of Herod and the imperial system. How do we live the vision of the overflowing “abundances” of bread (John 6:13) in order to galvanize scriptural imagination for food justice today? How does preaching about meals transform our practices of growing food, caring for the soil, and eating together in community? Drawing on early Christian paradise traditions, ecology, and the Lord’s Prayer, we will consider how the Tree of Life, apocalyptic texts, and biblical meal stories can form visionary preaching, for food justice, sustainability, and Eucharistic living today.
Kathryn Schifferdecker Associate Professor of Old Testament and Chair of the Bible Division at Luther SeminaryKathryn SchifferdeckerAssociate Professor of Old Testament and Chair of the Bible Division at Luther Seminary
Knowing Our Limits: Sabbath and Sustainability
“Remember the Sabbath day and keep it holy.” The Sabbath commandment calls for an attitude of restraint, an intentional self-limiting of human striving. It is a gift of God for abundant life, not just for human beings, but for the land itself. It is also a countercultural commandment in our world today, as we realize ever more clearly what it means for us and for the world around us that we have not practiced such restraint. Sustainability is only possible in a world where we know our limits and live within them. The Sabbath texts can guide us in such life-sustaining practices.
Melanie Harris Founder and Director, African American and Africana Studies and Professor of Religion and Ethics at Texas Christian UniversityMelanie HarrisFounder and Director, African American and Africana Studies and Professor of Religion and Ethics at Texas Christian University
Ecowomanism: Earth Justice in Our Time
This lecture features eco-wisdom flowing from the earth, honoring faith traditions of African-American women, and celebrating their contributions to the environmental justice movement. Harris will introduce the ecowomanist method and discuss the importance of engaging race-class-gender analysis when confronting climate injustice. The lecture will engage theory and practice as Harris discusses the environmental justice paradigm, eco-memory, and counter-memory. Participants will be invited to share their own eco-stories and together reenergize their faith and commitment to earth justice.
Norman WirzbaGlibert T. Rowe Distinguished Professor of Christian Theology
b>Framing Faith with the Stomach in Mind
What is the connection between what we eat, what we believe, and how we live? In a surprising collision of the simple and the spiritual, professor and ethicist Norman Wirzba will explore why eating is a matter of profound theological significance.