Christian Eating Practices and Eco-Theology in Conversation with World Religions (SACT & SACT+)

Eating and enjoying food is something that connects all of humanity at its most fundamental level, and rites and rituals which surround this consumption are common to every community in the world - and no less so to Christians. Why is it then that people in the UK might more readily associate religious eating practices with Judaism, Islam or Hinduism? Whilst perhaps the recipient of less attention in contemporary Britain, the history, scriptural basis and development of Christian eating practices, as well as their interplay with the faith groups mentioned above, reveals an enormous amount about the communities which have interpreted them over millennia. Further, in an era now defined by acute ecological challenges the role these eating modes might have in responding to such challenges is under increasing examination. How can global agricultural policies reflect loving of thy neighbour? What does ‘stewardship’ mean for pastoral farmers in 2021? How would Jesus eat today?

This module will examine all of these questions, exploring the composition, development and eco-theological grounding of Christian eating practices both separately and in conversation with those of other World Religions. In doing so, we aim to connect ourselves more deeply with both that which appears on our plates and the plates of other humans worldwide.

You are not required to submit an essay for this course unless you are working towards the Certificate in Theology, or Certificate in Theology Plus. Full essay information will be provided once the course has started. 

Tutor: Joseph Powell, University of Cambridge

Date & Time: Tuesdays 28 Sept – 26 Oct, 7.30-c.9.15pm,

Cost: £70

Venue: Online via Zoom 

How to Book

You can book online here using the button below, or call the Box Office on 01727 890290. This course can be booked up to noon on the day of the event, though we advise early booking to secure your place. Please ensure that you provide a current email address when you book. 

Joining on Zoom on the night

As this course will be hosted over Zoom, participants will need access to a device which has audio in order to be able to hear. You can also join by dialling in using a telephone, but won't be able to see the speaker or any visual aids. 

Instructions for joining the course will be sent out prior to the course starting.

If you have not received these details by 12.30pm, please call 01727 890212 before 3pm or email [email protected] 

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