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Author and Duke University Professor Norman Wirzba to Speak at King University, Emmanuel Episcopal Church April 10

BRISTOL, Tenn., March 27, 2017 – The King University Institute for Faith and Culture welcomes author Norman Wirzba on Monday, April 10 for the Institute’s 2016-17 Lecture Series. Wirzba will speak on “The Spirituality of Eating” at 9:15 a.m. at King University’s Memorial Chapel and 7 p.m. at Emmanuel Episcopal Church, 700 Cumberland Street, Bristol, Va. The events are co-sponsored by the Bristol Herald Courier.

“Eating is at the core of our existence as humans – it is an act that must be repeated often in order to sustain life. Norman Wirzba takes another look at this daily task and shows us the holiness and sanctity of eating. Wirzba’s research reveals how what we eat impacts the earth and our environment,” says Shannon Vance Harris, director of the King Institute for Faith and Culture. “Professor Wirzba will speak on the spirituality of eating during his lectures. His topic is timely and ancient.”

Norman Wirzba is a professor of theology, ecology, and rural life at Duke Divinity School at Duke University. A noted speaker and teacher, he is recognized for his interest and research in the intersections of theology, philosophy, ecology, and agrarian and environmental studies.

Wirzba has edited and authored numerous books, the most recent being “Way of Love: Recovering the Heart of Christianity” and “From Nature to Creation: A Christian Vision for Understanding and Loving Our World.” Wirzba strives to understand and promote practices that can equip Christian church communities “to be more faithful and responsible members of creation.”

Raised on a farm in Southern Alberta, Canada, Wirzba studied history at the University of Lethbridge, theology at Yale University Divinity School, and philosophy at Loyola University Chicago. Since then, he has taught at Saint Thomas More College/University of Saskatchewan, Georgetown College (KY), and Duke University Divinity School.

The events are free and open to the public. For more information, visit or contact Dr. Shannon Harris at, 423-652-4836, or 423-747-3524.


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