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Food and faith talk to address ‘Daily Bread for All’

MONMOUTH, Ill. – The issues of food and faith are discussed at Monmouth College during the summer, thanks to the Lux Summer Theological Institute for Youth, which is directed by the College’s associate chaplain, the Rev. Jessica Hawkinson.

Those topics will also be addressed during the academic year on Feb. 20, thanks to a guest lecturer Hawkinson has invited to campus.

The Rev. Dr. Patricia Tull will speak about “Daily Bread for All: A Lecture on Food and Faith” at 7 p.m. Feb. 20 in the Whiteman-McMillan Highlander Room of Stockdale Student Center. The program is free and open to the public

“Her lecture will explore biblical narratives that urgently speak to contemporary conversations about food security and food justice,” said Hawkinson.

Beginning in the creation stories in Genesis, and especially in the story of the escape from Egypt in Exodus, the Bible’s earliest stories envision God as providing food, and teaching that food is a basic right to be shared by all people, said Tull.

“Scripture promotes the understanding of food as a gift for the purpose of nutrition, not a commodity to enrich the few,” she said. “Such understandings become especially crucial today, as we see the global food system heartlessly leaving some to starve, both in the U.S. and abroad, while others suffer from obesity. As people of faith and as citizens, we share a responsibility to work for a food system that benefits all, through our advocacy, vocations and daily food choices.”

An environmental theologian, Tull is the author of Inhabiting Eden: Christians, the Bible, and the Ecological Crisis (Westminster John Knox Press, 2013) and other books on biblical theology. She teaches, preaches and leads workshops nationally on faith dimensions of creation care. She also works with congregations seeking practical, effective ways to address climate change.

An ordained Presbyterian minister, Tull is the A.B. Rhodes Professor Emerita of Hebrew Bible at Louisville (Ky.) Presbyterian Seminary. She and her spouse, Don Summerfield, are building a net-zero energy homestead across the Ohio River from Louisville in Henryville, Ind.