Norman Wirzba, “Why Theological Education Needs Ecology,” April 13-14

March 19, 2015

Norman Wirzba (YDS ‘88), professor of theology and ecology at Duke University, visited Yale Divinity School April 13-14, 2015, for several events connected to our year-long series on “Building Sustainable Communities.” 

“Why Theological Education Needs Ecology” was the title for Wirzba’s talk Tuesday evening, April 14th, at 5:30pm in Marquand Chapel. Co-sponsored with the Yale Sustainable Food Program, the talk was open to the general public.

Monday, April 13th, Wirzba joined Mark Bomford, Director of the Yale Sustainable Food Program, and Andrew McGowan, Dean of Berkeley Divinity School at Yale, for a lunchtime conversation at 12:30pm in the RSV Room for a discussion on food, faith, and agriculture. Complementing Bomford’s career in sustainable agriculture, McGowan has written extensively on ancient Christian customs of eating, notably in Ascetic Eucharists: Food and Drink in Early Christian Ritual Meals (1999) and Ancient Christian Worship (2014). McGowan’s most recent work on “The Hungry Jesus” appears online through the Biblical Archeology Review. FERNS (Faith, Ecology, Religion, Nature, and Spirituality), the eco-focused student group at YDS, will sponsor a simple meal for those who attend the lunchtime discussion.

Wirzba’s Food and Faith: A Theology of Eating (2011) inspired Nourish New Haven during a class taught by Willis Jenkins through Yale Divinity School and the School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. Wirzba also contributed to Yale Divinity School’s fall 2014 Reflections magazine, At Risk: Our Food, Our Water, Ourselves with “God the Gardener.”  Among his scholarly works, Wirzba co-authored with Fred Bahnson Making Peace with the Land: God’s Call to Reconcile with Creation and co-edited the forthcoming Being-in-Creation: Human Responsibility in an Endangered World (June 2015). Wirzba’s faculty page at Duke’s School for the Environment includes his recent online publications. From Nature to Creation: A Christian Vision for Understanding and Loving the World, his next book, is expected later this year.

Please join us April 13-14 to welcome Norman Wirzba back to Yale Divinity School and New Haven.