Leadership and Multifaith Program Symposium on Food, Farming, and Faith
Members of the Atlanta community and the campuses of Emory University and Georgia Institute of Technology are invited to join the Leadership and Multifaith Program (LAMP) on March 1, 2016, at the Historic Academy of Medicine for a public symposium on “Food, Farming, and Faith.”
This second annual LAMP symposium will explore the current practices and ethical challenges of food production and consumption from religious, scientific, historical, and public policy perspectives. In keeping with the LAMP vision to promote multifaith understanding in a religiously plural society, speakers will address the unifying concerns for food justice and sustainability and the distinct practices of food preparation and eating that sustain religious communities.
Rabbi Dr. Jonathan K. Crane, Raymond F. Schinazi Scholar in Bioethics and Jewish Thought at Emory University’s Center for Ethics, will present the keynote address, “Can One Eat Enough?” The event is free and open to the public, but registration is required. Register here.
Eleven guest panelists from a variety of disciplines will address the unifying concerns regarding food justice and sustainability, as well as the distinct practices of food preparation and eating that have sustained historical and contemporary religious communities. Speakers include Candler faculty members Jennifer R. Ayres, assistant professor of religious education, and Jacob L. Wright, associate professor of Hebrew Bible, who will participate in a panel discussion on interdisciplinary perspectives on food and farming. A panel on local food and farming initiatives will also be offered. View a list of panelists and the full symposium schedule.
Deanna Ferree Womack, LAMP director and assistant professor in the practice of history of religions and multifaith relations at Candler, says that the purpose of the event is to offer a forum for students, scholars, and members of the Atlanta community to consider the current practices and ethical challenges of food production and consumption. “Through attention to the health of the body, soul, and natural environment, this symposium aims to work across religious and academic boundaries to promote strong communities, a vibrant nation, and a peaceful and prosperous world.”
Lunch will be provided; a vegetarian option will be available for those who register by February 20. The Historic Academy of Medicine is located on the campus of Georgia Tech, at 875 West Peachtree St. NW, Atlanta, GA 30309.
LAMP is a collaborative endeavor of the Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts at Georgia Tech and Candler School of Theology at Emory University. It centers upon the complexities of life, work, and leadership in a world where many faith traditions converge dynamically in geopolitical space. The LAMP initiative launched in Spring 2015 with its first public symposium on “Compassion and Leadership in a Multifaith World.”
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