Symposium on Food


logo Co-hosted by the Center for Environmental Leadership (CEL) and Duke Divinity School’s Center for Reconciliation Sept 21-23 at Duke University.

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For three days Christians concerned about the nexus of creation care, sustainable and just agricultural systems, and healthy and nutrious food, will convene at Duke University for three simple but profound purposes.

1. To meet, network, and help strengthen the community of fellow Christians who share a vocational passion for creation care, sustainable and just agricultural systems, and healthy and nutritious food.

2. To analyze and assess the intellectual, spiritual, and missional landscape related to creation care, agriculture, and food.  In other words, to gain an understanding of what Christians as individuals, communities, and institutions are doing to intentionally and constructively engage the nexus of creation care, agriculture, and food.  What are the strengths, weaknesses, and gaps in their engagement?

3. To develop an agenda participants can roll up their sleeves and commit to implementing that will strengthen the Christian community’s contribution to creating food systems that are ecologically sustainable; economically, culturally, and socially just; and which produce healthy and nutritious food. 

In summary, the gathering will catalyze a community; assess present conditions related to food; and shape an agenda gathered leaders will commit to advancing together as a group and as individuals within their spheres of influence.

For more information, or to register, go to this link.

Dates & General Schedule:

  • Sept. 21:  9:00 AM –  9:00 PM
  • Sept. 22:  8:30 AM – 9:00 PM
  • Sept. 23:  9:00 AM – 12:30 PM

CEL is grateful to the following individuals who comprise the planning committee along with CEL’s director Dr. Chris Elisara: Dr. Norman Wirzba (Duke Divinity School) and Fred Bahnson (Director, Food & Faith Initiative at Wake Forest University School of Divinity).