O Taste and See! The Spirituality of Food
From fasting to feasting, food has played a significant role in the spiritual lives of Christians throughout history. This centrality of food is rooted in the Scriptures of Israel, whose stories of the Passover and manna from heaven inform the petition for "daily bread" in the Lord's Prayer and the breaking of the bread at the Last Supper. This course will not only examine scriptural traditions relating to spiritual practices surrounding food but will also consider the significance of food in Christian tradition and contemporary spiritual practices, including the sharing of communal meals and the sacrament of Holy Communion. We will consider mindful eating practices in a culture of overabundance and what it might look like to read the Bible with the hungry. We will also bake bread together and serve a meal at the Table, a bi-weekly community meal offered at the Hot Metal Bridge Faith Community.
Sponsor: Pittsburgh Theological Seminary