Wake Forest University School of Divinity received a seed grant from the Seminary Stewardship Alliance to provide programming related to practices in food sustainability.
Each week during the academic year, the School of Divinity offers two opportunities for students, faculty, and staff to share a meal and create occasions for community building. As the school increases its commitment to sustainability, practices are being adapted to resource local and organic food sources for meals, use reusable dishware, compost, and encourage appropriate waste disposal and food and material recycling.
With the grant, the school hired two student Sustainability Coordinators, who are responsible for evaluating current food practices at the school, researching best practices through conversations with other theological schools and faith communities, creating guidelines for communal food sustainability, and assisting in the implementation of educational programs for the school and local congregations.
“Our faculty, students, and community partners are energized by our efforts to care for creation through food stewardship initiatives, “ said Dr. Shonda Jones, Associate Dean for Admissions and Student Services. “Developing sustainable food practices while in a seminary context can inform ministerial habits for students who will soon enter a world of service in the church and community.”