Author: Jessica Coates
Date: January 16, 2013
Date: January 16, 2013
Categories: Campus Life|Community|Spiritual Life

Praxis is returning to Houghton College during the week of January 20 – January 25 with speakers, panel discussions and workshops to discuss the topic of “Feasting and Fasting.”

"Praxis," which means "reflection aimed toward action," is a week in which the Houghton College campus takes time to consider an important issue in the way we live the Christian life.

Throughout this weeklong series of workshops, evening activities, and chapels, students and community members will have the opportunity to investigate how Christians can or should approach feasting and fasting, and spiritual, physical and emotional issues concerning food. Throughout the week participants will be able to learn more about the relationship between Christianity, food, and their relationship to one another.

Chapel speakers are to include Sarah Derck, professor of Old Testament at Houghton College; Luis Noda, Food for the Hungry global executive officer; and Norman Wirzba, research professor of theology, ecology, and rural life at Duke Divinity School. 

Some of the more than ten panel and topics discussions will cover “Feasting and Fasting as Spiritual Discipline,” “The Ethical Omnivore,” and “Fear of Food: Understanding Eating Disorders.”  A variety of cooking and food-related workshops will be available as well.

Praxis week is open to the general public and all Houghton faculty, staff and students.  For the complete schedule of events and workshop descriptions, please visit