Pre-conference events – Norman Wirzba, Nov. 12–13

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“Eating Our Way to Peace”
10:50 am – 12:05pm, Nov. 12
Epp Conference Room, Augustana Campus, Camrose

Also: 10:00 am, Nov. 13 at The King’s University
Room N102, 9125 – 50 St. NW, Edmonton

Food systems in their industrial and global forms are destructive to the health of people, animals, and land. In this class we will explore how eating (understood as an act of intimacy with others and the world) can help us gain clarity about fundamental values, and also inspire us to practice ways that effect healing. (Reading: Chapter 5 of Making Peace with the Land)
“Table Manners”
7:00 – 8:30pm, Nov. 12
Library 2-102 (main library, upstairs), Augustana Campus, Camrose

In this class session we will examine how eating is a fundamental site for the cultivation of our humanity. The trend for people to eat quickly and alone reflects a culture that has, in some respects, forfeited this important task. What is lost in particular is the ability to “say grace” in an honest and thoughtful manner. We will explore some ways to move forward with gratitude. (Reading: “Saying Grace” from Food and Faith)

Nov. 13:  “Agrarian Human Nature”
3:00 – 4:00pm, Nov. 13
Epp Conference Room, Augustana Campus, Camrose

The wilderness ideal has played a determinative role in much of North America’s environmentalism. In this tradition farmers have not played a major role (indeed, there has been considerable animosity between farmers and conservationists). What do we lose by not attending to agrarian traditions? How do agrarians help us think about human nature? (Reading: Wendell Berry’s “People, Land, and Community”)

“Becoming Rooted in the Land” (conference opening keynote)
7:00 pm, Nov. 13 – Faith & Life Chapel, Augustana Campus, Camrose

This presentation explores how rootlessness is at the core of many of our culture’s problems. Rootlessness doesn’t simply mean mobility, but a mindset that is then prone to extraction and violence. Norman Wirzba will show how we have much to learn from indigenous and faith traditions as a way of recovering our place in the world.

Join us…

“Next Generation Thinking” conference begins Friday, November 3.

Everyone is welcome!