LECTURE | Holy Communion for Creation: The Eco-Socialism of the Gospel
April 16, 2019 | 11:10 a.m. | Room 205
Few acts are more intimate or complex than eating. Eating is communion – with gathered companions, farmers and field workers, producers and distributers, and the soil, air, sun, water, and manifold life forms that make food possible. With every act of consumption, we join together in a web of relationships with innumerable others both near and far. How we eat - individually and as a society - is thus a deeply moral, spiritual, and political act. Dr. Timothy Eberhart will invite us to explore anew the theological dimensions and ethical implications of Holy Communion in relation to issues of food, land use, the environment, and political economy.
Rev. Dr. Timothy R. Eberhart is Assistant Professor of Theology and Ecology and Director of the Master of Arts in Public Ministry program at Garrett-Evangelical. He earned his BA in Religion from St. Olaf College, where he graduated magna cum laude, and his MDiv from the Divinity School at Vanderbilt University and PhD from the Graduate School at Vanderbilt University. Dr. Eberhart recently published Rooted and Grounded in Love: Holy Communion for the Whole Creation (Wipf and Stock, 2017). He teaches courses in theology and ethics at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, with a particular focus on the intersections of Christian doctrine, ecology, and political economy. Dr. Eberhart is an ordained elder in the Dakotas Conference of The United Methodist Church and has served on various denominational boards and committees as well as many community based organizations.