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This dynamic course will integrate a theology of holy communion with a critical examination of how we produce, distribute, and consume “our daily bread” in today’s economy, while also exploring practical ways individuals and communities can participate in alternative food practices that are holy, healthy and just. 

May 20-24, 2013, Daily Schedule  

Indoor Class Time: 8-11:30 a.m.
Lunch and Travel: 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Outdoor Field Learning: 1:30-4 p.m. (Various Locations)


Each day functions as a freestanding learning experience including: a theological focus on God’s invitation to participate in loving communion through a unique set of table practices; a critical examination of modern industrial agriculture’s destructive effects on people and the land; and practical strategies to help build a more sustainable and just food economy. Classes may be taken as individual days or may be purchased as a 5-Day series (see pricing below).


Course credit is available for Garrett-Evangelical and ACTS students through the normal registration procedures. The deadline for traditional students to register is May 1, 2013.


In addition to the morning class, which will include lectures, select media presentations, and discussion, there is the daily opportunity to share a communal meal with other participants and to spend the afternoon in hands-on learning experiences around the Chicago area.  Persons interested in the full-day option should contact Shay Craig, coordinator for External Programs, at or 847.866.4547.


Tim Eberhart



Dr. Timothy R. Eberhart is the Visiting Assistant Professor of Moral and Public Theology at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary.  He teaches in the areas of theology and ethics, concentrating on the relation of Christian doctrine to economic, environmental, and political theory.  He also serves as Garrett-Evangelical’s representative for the newly formed Seminary Stewardship Alliance (SSA), a consortium of schools dedicated to reconnecting Christians with the biblical mandate to care for God's creation.  He received his B.A. from St. Olaf College, his M.Div. from Vanderbilt Divinity School, and his Ph.D. from Vanderbilt University.  Professor Eberhart is an ordained elder in the Dakotas Conference of the United Methodist Church and has served as a youth director, campus chaplain, and local pastor.  Before coming to Garrett-Evangelical, he was the Coordinator for the Project in Leadership and Sustainability in the Cal Turner Program for Moral Leadership in the Professions at Vanderbilt.  He has taught extensively in local church and community settings on a range of theological and ethical issues.  He and his wife Rev. Becky Eberhart, the Assistant Vice President for Enrollment Management at Garrett-Evangelical, and their three children reside in Evanston, Illinois.  




Five Day Pass F

Register for Food, Faith, and Justice (Five Day Pass)
May 20-24, 2013 | $250 (A $50 Savings for All Five Days) 

Daily Schedule
Class Time: Monday through Friday, 8-11:30 a.m.
Lunch and Travel: 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Field Learning: 1:30-4 p.m.


Monday Pass F

Register for Monday, May 20
Class Time: 8-11:30 a.m. | $60

Land, Soil, and Access 

  • Theological Focus: Jesus Christ Invites All

  • Critique:  In today’s industrial agro-economy, more and more people are cut off from access to the good earth. 

  • Practice: We are called to follow the inclusive grace of Jesus Christ by ensuring that all have access to the means of life by supporting common land ownership, community gardens, land reform, etc.

  • Field Learning: Community Garden


Tuesday Pass F

Register for Tuesday, May 21
Class Time: 8-11:30 a.m. | $60

Community of Creation

  • Theological Theme: The Holy Spirit Joins Everyone Together

  • Critique: Agro-industrial models of production fragment eco-systems and communities.

  • Practice: We are called to abide in the Spirit by participating in forms of food production that integrate the diverse members of ecosystems and food communities in healthful ways. 

  • Field Learning: Permaculture Design
Wednesday Pass F

Register for Wednesday, May 22
Class Time: 8-11:30 a.m. | $60

Economics for the Earth  

  • Theological Theme: The Father/Mother Nourishes Every Body

  • Critique: Petroleum-based, monocrop agriculture is ravishing the land, polluting our waterways, and contributing to climate change.

  • Practice: We honor God by growing and consuming our food in ways that respect the limits and needs of the biosphere.

  • Field Learning: Sustainable Production
Thursday Pass F

Register for Thursday, May 23
Class Time: 8-11:30 a.m. | $60

Cooperative Power

  • Theological Theme: The Triune God Arranges Guests as Companions

  • Critique: Modern agriculture is marked by the increasing consolidation of power and wealth among a few agro-business monopolies.

  • Practice: We are called to conform our lives to the triune God by rebuilding our local food economies and supporting worker owned and governed food cooperatives.

  • Field Learning: Worker-Owned Coop  
Friday Pass F

Register for Friday, May 24
Class Time: 8-11:30 a.m. | $60

Feasting toward a Better World

  • Theological Theme: The Lord God Grants Permission to Begin

  • Critique: The present food system is marred by domination and the control of corporations over the foundations of life (e.g. Seeds, DNA).

  • Practice: Christians are called to celebrate God’s kingdom by participating in the emergence of an alternative food economy which serves rather than destroys life.

  • Field Learning: Seminary Garden

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