Wake Forest University School of Divinity, a founding member of the Seminary Stewardship Alliance, has announced the launch of its Food, Faith and Religious Leadership Initiative. Writer-theologian Fred Bahnson has been appointed Director of the Initiative, which launches with two events in October. The first event, a seminar on “The Spirituality of Eating”, will take place in Asheville on October 12-13. On October 25th, a “Sabbath and Food Day” event will take place at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, featuring Dr. Matthew Sleeth.
The official press release from Wake Forest University School of Divinity outlines the purpose and objectives of the initiative: “One of the primary goals of the initiative will be to equip future and existing religious leaders with the knowledge, skills, and pastoral habits necessary to lead their congregations and religious communities around food issues. While churches have often focused on food in terms of food aid, the Food, Faith, and Religious Leadership Initiative will train religious leaders to look beyond emergency-based responses and begin to address the root causes of hunger, obesity, food injustice, and damaged ecosystems.”
Read the full press release here: Food, Faith and Religious Leadership Initiative
Pictured: Fred Bahnson, Director. Image from fredbahnson.com