Food,Faith,& the Land

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Instructors: Dr. Amy Erickson and Dr. Katherine Turpin


Course Description

In a time where the disordered relationships between humans and their habitat are causing dire and perhaps irreversible changes to climatic patterns, to the biodiversity of the planet, to watersheds and air quality, and to the life and health of forests and oceans, faithful voices are needed to challenge the status quo of treating the earth as an inexhaustible storehouse and to imagine new ways of living upon the earth. This seminar introduces students to a variety of theologians, ethicists, biblical scholars, and other religious communities who are wrestling with deep and abiding questions about human relationships to their sources of food, to their nonhuman creaturely companions, and to the very land which sustains them. Beyond these voices, we will be asking what it means to nurture our own creative power to draw upon ancient wisdoms to cultivate more healing and sustainable narratives, relationships, and communal practices of daily life within our environment. Because this is a first year interdisciplinary seminar, in the midst of this engaging and serious work, we will also be attending to the academic skills necessary to thrive in graduate school, including digital library research skills, writing skills, and understanding the breadth of disciplinary approaches to theological education.

Posts to discussions that have ended will not be accepted. The point is to have conversation. If you don't show up for the conversation when it's happening, you miss out. Posting just for your instructors' benefit defeats the purpose.

Late Summary and Response Papers will not be accepted.

All other assignments will be marked down at the rate of a letter grade per day.

No incompletes. Unless there are extenuating circumstances, which "typically include a death of a loved one, an unforeseen medical emergency of the student or immediate family member, students with granted ADA accommodations, or other substantive changes" (that's from the Masters Student Handbook)

Course Overview


Course Objectives

Course Overview


Course Objectives



Schroer, Silvia and Thomas Staubli. Body Symbolism in the Bible. Translated by Linda M. Maloney. Collegeville, Minn: Liturgical Press, 2001.

Isherwood L. and E. Stuart. Introducing Body Theology. Introductions in Feminist Theology, 2; Sheffield: Sheffield Academic Press, 1988.


Ayres, Jennifer. Good Food: Grounded Practical Theology. Baylor University Press, 2013.

Davis, Ellen F. S cripture, Culture and Agriculture: An Agrarian Reading of the Bible . Cambridge University Press, 2009.

Other readings are posted within Canvas as they are assigned in pdf format.

Nov 09, 2017ThuSummary/Response Paper Coaching Tipdue by 06:59AM
Sep 10, 2019TueIntroduce Yourselfdue by 05:59AM
Sep 10, 2019TueCourse Orientation Videodue by 05:59AM
Sep 10, 2019TueWhy this topic at this time?due by 05:59AM
Sep 12, 2019ThuCourse Site Q & Adue by 05:59AM
Sep 12, 2019ThuReading Assignment (Kimmerer) and Instructor Introdue by 05:59AM
Sep 12, 2019ThuKimmerer Discussiondue by 05:59AM
Sep 14, 2019SatFriday Forum 1due by 05:59AM
Sep 17, 2019TueDiscussion of Davis Readingdue by 05:59AM
Sep 17, 2019TueReading (Davis) /Instructor Intro 3due by 05:59AM
Sep 19, 2019ThuDiscussion of Davis, Part 2due by 05:59AM
Sep 19, 2019ThuReading (Davis) /Instructor Intro 4due by 05:59AM
Sep 21, 2019SatLandscape Essaysdue by 05:59AM
Sep 21, 2019SatFriday Forum 2due by 05:59AM
Sep 24, 2019TueSummary and Response Paper 1 (on Davis, Part 3)due by 05:58AM
Sep 24, 2019TueReading (Davis) /Instructor Intro 5due by 05:59AM
Sep 26, 2019ThuReading (Harris) /Instructor Intro 6due by 05:59AM
Sep 27, 2019FriSummary and Response Paper 2 (on Harris)due by 05:58AM
Sep 28, 2019SatFriday Forum 3due by 05:59AM
Oct 01, 2019TueSummary and Response Paper 3 (on Ayres)due by 05:59AM
Oct 01, 2019TueReading (Ayres) /Instructor Intro 7due by 05:59AM
Oct 03, 2019ThuDiscussion of Ayres, Part IIdue by 05:59AM
Oct 03, 2019ThuReading (Ayres) /Instructor Intro 8due by 05:59AM
Oct 03, 2019ThuFood Essaysdue by 05:59AM
Oct 05, 2019SatFriday Forum 4due by 05:59AM
Oct 15, 2019TueLive Questions/Integrationdue by 05:59AM
Oct 19, 2019SatFriday Forum 5due by 05:59AM
Oct 22, 2019TueResearch on your owndue by 05:59AM
Oct 24, 2019ThuFrom Topics to Questionsdue by 05:59AM
Oct 26, 2019SatFriday Forum 6due by 05:59AM
Oct 29, 2019TueTopic/Question/Significance/Audiencedue by 05:59AM
Oct 31, 2019ThuAnnotated Bibliography, Thesis, and Outlinedue by 05:59AM
Nov 02, 2019SatFriday Forum 7due by 05:59AM
Nov 07, 2019ThuRough Draftdue by 06:59AM
Nov 09, 2019SatFriday Forum 8due by 06:59AM
Nov 12, 2019TuePeer Review Guidelinesdue by 06:59AM
Nov 14, 2019ThuParticipation Self-Evaluationdue by 06:59AM
Nov 16, 2019SatFinal Friday Forumdue by 06:59AM
Nov 19, 2019TueFinal Paperdue by 06:59AM