Lunchtime conversation on food and faith.
David Clough addresses the Church of England's Annual Gathering of Readers in the Diocese of Chester.
Many of the urgent problems confronting the church and the world concern the human relationship with the other-than-human world. Climate change, deforestation, human-caused mass extinctions of plants and animals, and the rapid expansion of industrialised farming of animals are interrelated factors that threaten the well-being of humans, other animals, and the wider environment. Christian churches have often been inattentive to these challenges in recent years, and unclear about how Christian faith connects to them. This session will help participants make the connection, and will issue a challenge to consider how Readers can help to shape the practice of the church in worship, preaching, and social and political engagement in the light of these concerns.
David Clough delivers the annual Gilpin Lecture at Regents Theological College in Malvern, Worcestershire, England.
The lecture will take place on Wednesday 7 March at 3.30pm at the Elim Arts Centre, Westminster Bank, West Malvern WR14 4AY.
The event is free but please pre-book your ticket through: firstname.lastname@example.org
Join CreatureKind, Humane Society International, and Quaker Concern for Animals on 31 January, 2018 at 12:00 pm to celebrate with Friends House, the central office for Quakers in Britain, as they make a public commitment to advancing sustainable, compassionate eating by becoming a CreatureKind Institution. Friends House has committed to reducing the amount of animal products (meat, dairy, and eggs) served in their dining and catering facilities by 20% within two years and will be debuting their new “CreatureKind” menu at the January event. Guests will be able to sample menu items and hear brief remarks from CreatureKind and Friends House representatives.
Seminar: Incarnating a CreatureKind Church
This seminar explores the theology and praxis of being human in relation to other creatures, of expanding our view of our place in the world towards being creature-kind. What does our faith tell us about God’s view of animals and our responsibilities towards them? What are we doing to animals now? How does our relationship with animals affect our relationships with ourselves, our neighbors, and with the creator? And what can we do, individually and collectively, to help realize a world “on earth, as it is in heaven”?
Our invitational dialogue is grounded in Scripture and supported by stories of creaturely cooperation from church history and modern Christian life. Participants will be able to engage with the course content in a way that is meaningful and relevant to their particular context. Rural church pastors, urban post-evangelicals, mission- and social-justice-minded followers of Christ can all gather together to explore what it means to be made in the image of God, how we can reflect that to all God’s creatures, and how doing so will strengthen and grow the whole church.
Dr. Christopher Carter, Christine Gutleben, and Sarah Withrow King will co-teach Incarnating a CreatureKind Church.
For more information: https://divinity.duke.edu/events/summer-institute-reconciliation#schedule
Animal Welfare and Religion Symposium
'Becoming CreatureKind: A New Christian Framework for Farmed-Animal Welfare'
Flourishing Humanities public lecture series
Margaret B. Adam
'The End of Flourishing: The Beginning of the Peaceable Kingdom'
Sarah Withrow King
"Connecting Our Food with Our Faith"
Society for the Study of Christian Ethics
'Consuming Creatures: The Christian Ethics of Eating Animals'
For more information: http://www.ssce.org.uk/conference-paper-proposal