Wirzba to Lecture on The Gift of Food
Real Local RVA and St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church present Professor Norman Wirzba, from Duke University Divinity School, with The Gift of Food, an evening of enlightened conversation at 7 p.m., April 7, at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church. Wirzba will discuss the importance of recognizing food as a gift to be treasured versus food as a commodity: a Q&A will be moderated by Real Local RVA co-chair Hunter Hopcroft. Following the program, there will be a book signing for Wirzba’s Food and Faith and a sampling of delicious local food.
Humans are creatures dependent upon food; it is the basis for our survival and it plays a major role in determining our health and well-being. Yet, most people have lost a very important connection to this thing that has such an impact on our daily lives. Wirzba’s work speaks to the importance of that connection. He writes: “To receive food as a gift, and to share it with each other, opens up a new way of imagining a community’s economic life together and forms a tangible connection to the natural world.”