Food: Communion, Community, and Creation
Eating is one of the most profound ways we are related to each other, to the created world, and to God. In this course we will explore, within the framework of Christian theology, some of the biological, ecological, psychological, aesthetic, spiritual, agricultural, and economic aspects of what, why, and how we eat. The core of the course will be reading, lecture, and discussion of the considerable literature dealing with food, and that will normally take place in morning class sessions. But the setting—two weeks together on Galiano Island—will also provide a living context of cooking, feasting, fasting, and gardening together, which will add good spices to the academic victuals (from victus “food”; related to vivere “to live”). In addition to some daily work, we will see some movies (in the evening) and take a couple of trips to island farms and gardens.
Maximum enrollment: 20 credit students, no auditors.
Additional course fee: $500
Location: This course takes place off-site on Galiano Island.
NOTE: This course has a special registration process. Due to the great popularity of this course in past years, and to ensure fairness for all students, registration will be based on a lottery system. Registration for this course will open at 10:00 am PST on Monday, February 25, 2013. All registrations received in person, online through WebAdvisor, or by fax or email until 10:30 am will be entered into a draw. Students will be chosen by random selection from this pool until the maximum enrollment has been reached. Any students remaining in the pool will be chosen by random selection to determine their spot on the waitlist.
Any registrations received after 10:30 am will then be added to the waitlist (or to the course, if space permits) in the order they are received. Students will be notified by email regarding their placement in the course or on the waitlist within 48 hours.
This course also has special payment and refund deadlines. The deadline for dropping the course with a 100% refund is 4:30 pm on Monday, May 6, 2013. Payment deadline for all course tuition and fees is also May 6, 2013. There are no refunds after May 6, but this course may be dropped without refund until May 17.