From forbidden fruit to the marriage feast of the Lamb, Biblical ideas on food saturate and influence Christian thought and practice. An investigation and exploration into Biblical feasting and fasting can give Christians the tools necessary to approach food in ways that will aid growth and maturation as believers and that will ultimately glorify God.
How can our understanding of Jesus as the Bread of Life influence how we think about the daily nourishment necessary to our bodies? What does it mean for our bodies to be temples for God? We pray for daily bread and celebrate Holy Communion. What does it mean to feast in the presence of God? How and why should we fast? How should Christians think about and act for those people starving around the world?
PRAXIS 2013 will address such questions and more, which arise when considering food and the Christian. Workshops, evening activities, and chapels will investigate how Christians can or should approach feasting and fasting and spiritual, physical, and emotional issues concerning food. How can Christians demonstrate the grace of God through food? Hopefully by incorporating the fruits of the Spirit into the fruits of the table, whether these fruits be eaten communally, alone, not at all, or as bread and wine, Christians can begin to explore and enact healthy and faithful food practice.